"In Praise of Older Buildings"
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Before and after
These two photos followed one after another on my screensaver slideshow.
I love the juxtaposition.
The first is found at Upper Canada Village, to which it made the trek in 1958. Originally, it was the 1825 home of the McDougal family of Glengarry County.
This confection with the ogee-arched entrance porch is the greenhouse in the gardens of Spadina House in Toronto, the home of financier James Austin and his family from 1866. The house and gardens are recreated as a museum depicting a life the inhabitants of the home above could never have imagined, the life of the wealthy and privileged in the era between the two great wars. Think Downton Abbey series 3. Starting in 45 minutes, you say? Must dash.