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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

T-Town Tour

Last Friday the weather people did their usual panic-inducing Storm of the Century stuff, so all the schools in our area closed early in anticipation of tornadoes. Because the kiddies would be left to wander the streets and become drug addicts and prostitutes, many businesses in town closed early to let the parents go home. Whew, that was a close one.

Kids or no kids, I got off at 2 p.m. Since the sun was shining and the sky was blue with puffy white clouds (the storms didn't show up for another 12 hours), and I remembered to bring my camera with me that day, I decided it was finally time for the Photographic Tour of Tuscaloosa I've been planning.

We live in Eutaw, but I work in Tuscaloosa. It's the town where I went to high school and college. In college, I often spent my sunny afternoons riding around the historic districts surrounding the university, falling in love left and right.

The bulk of the houses in this area were built in the '20s-'40s, I'd say. There are few Victorians and antebellums, many bungalows and English-style brick cottages.

No matter the style, one thing is consistent across the board. They are expensive! On the fashionable Deering Place, the tiniest, cheapest, beat-up-iest bungalow costs $110,000 more than our house. And then you get to live next door to a house rented to 6 college students.

Is it becoming clear yet why Eutaw was so appealing?

Still, I can't help sighing a little over the houses. So pretty. So so pretty. It's like shopping for handbags - you know the one you have is perfectly lovely, but so is that one over there and over there and over there. Only with houses you can't exactly treat yourself to an extra one or five.

Here are a few of the cutie pies:








Pretty in pink, though it's sandwiched next to a brick office building


Such adorable details on this Vicky. I'm lusting after this house.


There's evidence in the attic that our house might once have had a dormer window above the porch. It's hard to imagine, but then here's a similar house with one.


Downtown, including the restaurant we went to the night D proposed (a former pharmacy but now a very yummy Italian place)

And of course I have to mention the hideous:


Gigantic wall o' siding


Bet they needed a shoehorn to squeeze that house in there.

Tomorrow, a look at my second favorite house style: Tudor.

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4 Comments:

Jordana said...

I spent a year in grad school in Tuscaloosa at UA. It was a nice year and seeing your photos brings back some nice memories.

2:19 PM  
Lenise said...

I was catching up today and saw your post about the sidelight windows. Just FYI, my cats would consider those the perfect escape hatch =-7

8:07 PM  
Greg said...

Very nice. The houses are great, of course, but I really love to look at old downtowns. It is just so, so, so much nicer than non-descript strip malls and the type that have 2 acres of parking lot before you get to the store.

8:45 PM  
Kristin said...

I love a good old downtown too, Greg. I wish Eutaw would invest in fixing ours up. They've got plans for the courthouse, but the whole square needs an overhaul.

10:36 AM  

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