Image from uwec.edu
This is essentially what the house I grew up in looks like. There are thousands of them all over New England. If you were looking to build one just like this in 1955, you would look for "Garrison Colonial' in a house plan catalog. The location of the treees in the photo is almost exactly right too.
 Image from antiquehomestyle.com

These houses could be customized with fancier woodwork or higher end plumbing. Often, various additions were added over the years. The house I grew up in, had a large side porch added soon after my parents moved in.

I have been in Boston for the past several days, helping to take care of my mother who is now in the hospital. Yesterday I spent some time with a friend who I haven't seen since I was sixteen.  My friend lives in a Garrison Colonial that was built just slightly fancier than the one I grew up in.

My mother moved out of the house I grew up in just a year ago. I loved being able to re-experience the spaces of my childhood, albeit in an entirely different location.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your mother. I've been there and it is never easy. My thoughts are with you.

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  2. Me too. She is in a terrific hospital though and seems to be improving

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