DON’T LOOK AT ME!
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.