One of my favorite things is coming across an archival image of an old house. I immediately think: Is the house still around?
Then I go on the hunt. When I find the house my excitement is great.
Occasionally, there is a near match between the archival image in my hand, and the actual house before me. Then my excitement is really great.
More often however the image in my hand, and the house before me, do not quiet match up. Sigh. It is always a shock to me that once beautiful houses have, well, eroded into so-so houses through the loss of various bits of architectural embellishment.
Such is the case with 727 Market, once the home of C. P. Theis:
Without too much effort or expense, the Before could be recreated. The value of the home would jump, and this would offset the investment. The Before has strong curb appeal. I long to win the lottery so I can snap up such houses and restore their faded beauty.
Yes, I am a romantic.