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Houses Around The World And Across Time- Part 4


Posted: November 07, 2018 by Doriana Stafford

My dear clients,

Remember in my last blog post I talked about how custom homes were built in the 1800s-early 1900s? If you don’t  recall what I am talking about you can check my posts history.  The main fact was that the architect was often literally moving in with the clients. Or he was provided comfortable full boarding close by for the entire time during construction.  As a Realtor, I can tell you that in our day new construction seldom takes more than few months. Back then it easily took more than  year, simply because the  people who could afford custom homes were rich and ordered big and glamorous homes. Plus it took a lot of manual labor and much craftsmanship to accomplish the task.

Here is a story about a very rich merchant - tailor in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from the 1800s, during the Revival. His name was  Georgi Kendindenoglu.  He brought a master builder in and built this house in 1848. He then gifted it as a marriage portion to his daughter, Helena, for her marriage with  Dimitar Georgiadi.  The house had a huge  covered entrance with stone floor. Each side had a wing to accommodate the family needs. Every detail was worked out around the owner’s- personality , daily routine, and lifestyle. Amazingly, that house had a well inside as a source of water. It was under the steps leading to the kitchen . The well opening was on a basement(cellar) level. There was an office/library for the master, personal parlor /powder room for the matron, sleeping quarters for the governess, and steps leading to a small stage on one side of the huge family room. That room was  also called the entertainment room. It had fancy dining table  seating a minimum 16 people. The owner’s family had busy social life; they had high class visitors often and had an orchestra playing on  the stage. Big dinner parties and dances were held there. Thoughtfully , the kids’ rooms were away from that. They had their own play room and study room too. The servants lived in the other wing. Out in the yard, right by the main gate, there was a small building (mini house) meant for the door man. Today, the house is part of the History museum complex in the city.

Here are some photos of the Georgiadi’s house.( my own photos)

Here are some other examples followed by more photos.

 Some houses had courtyards with marble water fountains. Having fresh, running, drinkable water and plumbing (made of clay) was a luxury.  Some wanted great dining rooms or bedrooms. Some had grand foyers and stairways. (Photos are my own). It was the Revival period and showing prestige was important.