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  1. Stacey@aGh
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Wonderful pictures, Victoria! You got some snaps of really cool stuff. Although I imagine with these beautiful homes, great photo opportunities were everywhere. Love that garden door and the book case! The architectural details on the last photo is breath taking. So amazing! Thanks for sharing… this was fun.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 29, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      Yes! I love the garden door too. When we came home, I started trying to figure out where Paul can cut a giant hole in the side of the house…


      • Stacey@aGh
        May 29, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

        HA HA HA! I’m sure Paul would love that… and would probably pull it off in an afternoon. You’re hilarious!


  2. Karen B.
    May 29, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    So beautiful. I love the details inside and out. I especially like the mantle, surprising that it survived “life” all these years without a chip. Do the people that live in the houses typically divide the space on a floor? I’ve only driven past Philadelphia when visiting my dad, year ago, when they lived in Rockford, IL. He took me on a “driving tour” of that region, which consisted of many tollways, lovely freeway vistas, and very little up close, personal touring. 🙂 Thanks for the tour of something I’d really be interested in seeing.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 30, 2012 @ 8:10 am

      The original rooms were about 18’ by 20’?? (That’s a guess, but vetted by Paul— so not wildly inaccurate.) What you and I might consider a large bedroom! However, apparently the colonial mindset of frugal space-sharing got old after a while… all the houses were expanded. Some more than others, but they’re all fairly spacious considering the compact size of the lot.

      It’s a desirable area… all 1.5 million dollar homes. Which? For that money, I’d move out to the suburbs and buy one of the rambling, old farmhouses on the Main Line. Or move to Tahiti and live in a hut on the beach.


  3. Susan
    July 25, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Hey, I’m right in that hood (well, Queen Village), and in a (much smaller, less fancy) trinity. I’d be interested in doing the tour – who do I get in touch with?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 25, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

      Lucky you… living downtown! It was an open-house style tour, through the Society Hill Historical Society (I think?) It’s a yearly event, so you’ll probably have to wait until next year… I think the website is I did just google it, and I don’t see any dates yet for next year, but maybe you can get on the mailing list…


  4. planetmeg
    January 22, 2013 @ 1:15 pm


    Your photos are lovely and highlight some of the best parts of Philly IMHO. The bookcases are wonderful!

    We have also loved our Philadelphia Trinity, which we’ve lovingly restored to the original random-width pine floors and original fireplaces on each floor. Alas we’ve outgrown it and hoping that someone similarly interested in maintaining the historic integrity will be interested in purchasing our little Queen Village gem, perhaps one of your readership:

    Thanks again for sharing info from your Open House Tour.



    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 22, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

      Whenever I spend time downtown, I wish we lived there… Society Hill especially is so lovely.

      Your house is adorable… no doubt someone will snatch it up! Best of luck in your move… I don’t envy the stress that accompanies selling a house!


  5. Kristy
    August 2, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    My future hubby can never ever know of the love affair i’m having with your blog.
    We plan to begin building our dream home within the next 5 years.
    And you have given me SO MANY GREAT PLANS!
    I’m trying not to laugh deviously.
    I really, really am.


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