Our House in the Middle of Our Street

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.

7 thoughts on “Our House in the Middle of Our Street

    • I forgot to mention that in the paper she wrote, she credited Dr Kellogg of the Battle Creek Sanitorium, who apparently spent time with her. He was quite the character. He invented cornflakes but he was also enamored of the enema as the solution to all ills. Anthony Hopkins played him in a film called “The Road to Welville.”

      • What an amazing gift to learn all this history of your house. Do you wish you had found the information years ago?

        We have friends who bought several large old stately homes in Suffield CT that were in some disrepair. Their thing (hobby) is to refurbish them being as true to the original as possible, using as much original material as possible. Old beams that have to be replaced may be used as steps leading up to their back door. They research everything about it, learn all the history. This is the gal who used to weave stair treads from her kid’s old jeans and spin her own wool. *sigh* Just like me. Heh.

  1. What a fun find! I love knowing the history of old homes and it’s wonderful that you were able to trace the original owner. What an amazing woman she must have been.

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