Monday, July 11, 2016

Anoka Home Tour 2016

Each year my hometown Historical Society sponsors a Home and Garden Tour. The very thought of allowing strangers to pass through one's domicile (and passing judgement!) makes some people nauseated. But other enjoy 'showing off' to their neighbors, and many people have done wonders in preserving older home that would have otherwise fallen victim to neglect. The more interesting part to me is the odd things that crop up, things you would never suspect from a cursory drive-by:

This livery stable, with its work room remarkably intact, was one of these oddities. This is from the nineteenth century, it is rare to find an interior of an outbuilding that hasn't been completely redone:

This fountain is part of a two acre garden, delusions of grandeur, perhaps, but I find it to be simply grand:

A local artist has turned his backyard into a hospice for dying pianos:

Although they don't play anymore, they can still produce 'music":

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

I started humming Sweet Home Chicago and inserting Anoka. I like the piano art, but it seems like a shame to not be able to play them anymore.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

He's a piano tech, they're already pretty well beyond restoration when he gets them.

Blogger oroboros said...

Isn't Anoka Garrison Keillor's hometown?

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Indeed it is, we claim him as ours, at any rate:

Blogger Shoshanah Marohn said...

The colors in that wood staircase are divine.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

SLM~ That must have been where he cleaned his paint brushes.

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