Old House Journal - - Remuddling -

The archival pho­to­graph was sent to us by OHJ reader Ruthanne Bul­lock. It shows the house that her grand­par­ents built in St. Louis, Mis­souri, in 1926. More re­cent pho­tos tell a story of changes over time. The ar­tic­u­lated en­try was re­duced in size and im­por­tance, and all of the lime­stone Beaux Arts de­tails have been chopped off or cov­ered. The once-hand­some brick façade hides be­hind an ob­vi­ous ve­neer of faux stone, prob­a­bly added be­tween 1945 and 1970.

And then there’s that tree. How of­ten do you see an old house di­min­ished by a large spec­i­men planted too close to the house? “Remuddling by trees” is a sub­set of short-sighted stew­ard­ship.

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