Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Petch House Noir

These are the photos I submitted with the application to add my house to the National Register of Historic Places.

"Forget it, Petch. It's Eurekatown."


Aimee said...

Wow! What great details on your house. Boy would I love to have a house that looked like that. :) Good luck on the registry.

Anonymous said...

B & W is a good way to check to see if your color values are correct. Great pics. Good luck!

Jen said...

Great shots of great house.

Wonderful stairs! What detail!!
In picture 6, is that an image of a dog on the metal fireplace cover?
Also, what is the small cabinet near the wood stove in picture 7?
(dumb waiter?)

Greg said...

Aimee & Jen,

Thanks. That is a horse on the fireplace cover. He looks like he has been shot and there is a broken cannon in the scene as well. It is very dramatic, and at first I didn't care for it. Now, I really like it. I think it is Civil War inspired.

The little door rolls up in to the wall. It is between the dining room and kitchen and is used to pass food back and forth.

And not that you asked, but the reason I show 2 sunburst designs is because one is original and one is a reproduction.


The National Parks Service requires B&W photos. I was never sure why. In this case, because they are digital, they also want the color originals in uncompressed TIF format supplied on a CD.

Jen said...

I am on the mission to find some the "summer covers" for the fireplaces in our house. So they always catch my eye. Our house is missing 3. They must be pretty rare, because they seem to be quite pricy, when you find them. And most of the time they come with the surround. We have the cast iron surrounds.
The reproduction sunburst looks perfect.

STAG said...

One thing which I understand these "stick" houses excelled in were an excellent traffic and usage pattern inside. A good use of available space and traffic patterns. I would like your opinions on this.

Greg said...


That's interesting. Now that you asked, I don't think I've ever been in one of the tall narrow stick town houses I've been showing. I imagine that are much like the inner-city row houses of the day.

Anonymous said...

The best color pictures are often just black and white. You do some very nice work.

I used to use an old Mamiyaflex double reflex 120 camera. Light meter, manual shutter speed and aperture control, completely manual control all the way.

That built-in kitchen dining set brings back memories of my grandparent's old house on Pacheco Street in San Francisco. Bright yellow and white.

Greg said...


Thanks. Yea, I like the B&W. It really defines the detail.

When I bought the place, that little table was out b the trash. I asked why they were throwing it away. Answer: "Its old".

I suggested I put it in the garage and let me decide after I bought the place.

Anonymous said...

Did you finally decide if Petch house is Eastlake Stick Victorian? And while I am here why did you paint the down stairs bathroom floor green. Thanks.

Greg said...


The Petch House is Queen Anne all the way. The name confusion was about other the tall, narrow square bayed houses Mowry built. Those, it has been decided, are "Stick Town Houses".