When we bought this house, we inherited a folder with some photos of the house as it used to be. (I’ll post some of them tomorrow – you have to see it in the 70s!) We plan to put our own photo in and pass it on to the next people. But while I was clearing out upstairs, I came across another folder we didn’t know we had. Inside were the original blueprints for the house dated 1923. The planning permission was written by hand on each page:
The approval was date July 5th 1924.
The plans show the house was built for a Miss Alice E. Paulson, which intrigued us. A single lady in 1924 with enough money to have a house built? One with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (one of which had a shower according to the plans – in 1924!) So I did a bit of research and found an Alice E. Paulson from New York. She was listed on Ancestry.com because in 1924 she applied for a passport. Her passport application gave her profession as psychologist. There are then several listings for trips she took abroad – several to Germany and France and one to England. Thinking there was a good chance that was our Alice E., we did some googling and found a paper she published. More googling turned up a short bio that listed her address – it was this one!
I’ve always thought this was a happy house … I felt that way the first time I ever saw it. Now I know why – it was designed and built for a woman who must have loved it dearly.
Oh and the post title comes from this song.