Friday, July 24, 2009

Hail, Caesar! Stop The Chariot!


Saw this and had to share. It's from Arthur Black's "Weird Homes" and it's located in Toronto. I've been there but I didn't see this. What style is it exactly? Roman/Greco/Colonial/Patriotic/Americana? In Canada?

I want to meet the people who put it together. Don't you think they might be interesting? Am I the only one or is anyone else seized by the desire to stop and knock on doors of interesting, or beautiful, or cozy houses and just randomly meet the people who live there? Get to know all about them. Stay for the weekend. I'd like to do that with my blogging friends. You've been warned. Lock the door and act like you're not home.

I want to know about the conversation that took place to bring this to life. Did she roll over and look at her husband's balding pate and decide it would look great if he sported a garland and wore a toga? And if so, shouldn't they be surrounded by a setting perfect for him? And was she looking to feature her great arms, set off by a sheet gathered at the shoulder? Do they parade up and down the balcony and hold open-air philosophical discussions with the neighbors? I'm thinking the neighbor on the left doesn't appear all that philosophical, if I may be so bold as to judge a book by it's cover. He probably just cranks up the tv and prays the Empire will be overthrown.

Whatever their story, they've got guts. I like people with guts. Now, I KNOW I don't want to live next door to someone who decides to paint their house chartreuse green with purple trim. But these people? I like 'em. And I wish I knew their story. And I'd love to listen to them. But I'm not wearing the toga. I don't have this lady's arms. Speaking of arms, that would be a great name for this place: "The Venus De Milo Arms."


Copyright 2009

25 comments:

  1. I agree-it would definitely take guts to live in a house like that! =)

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  2. Who has to clean all that .. just sayin' .. having to pack up all my crap to finish painting has given me a whole new perspective on collecting/dispaying crap, erm, treasures

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  3. I love the house! Good for them! Makes me want to go inside and visit!

    It's like something I would do if I were such an old stick in the mud. Something I dream of being someday....

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  4. I always want to taste the food they eat. betcha dollar to donuts with this house it's beer and chips!

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  5. Wow! That's some style.. don't know what kind of style, but boy is it eye-catching!

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  6. My dog, Dip, has a doghouse that looks exactly like that. Weird!

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  7. Weird home for sure! I love old homes, but the exterior of this is too much for me.

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  8. The style of this house is:
    Classic Tacky

    Thanks for sharing:-D

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  9. So glad that I don't have to look at that everyday. They must have gotten hold of some good drugs!

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  10. Roman/Greco/Colonial/Patriotic/Americana is exactly what it is!

    This post cracked me up!

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  11. What a quaint little house! I would definitely like to meet the owners!
    P.S. I won't be locking the door if I see you drive up though you might want to watch out for stray enchildas on the porch that were delivered by a well meaning bride, tasted by our family, and refused by our dog........

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  12. Oh dear. Some part of me really loves it! Does that make me tasteless? Fab post as ever. XX

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  13. Wouldn't it be great to be able to knock and the door and ask them "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???"
    I kind of like that it looks like an over-blown wedding cake, but right off the bat, nit-picky me, spied the un-embelished front steps and the cheap chair on the porch and wondered if maybe they ran out of paint. Or taste.
    Maybe some red and white striped steps and a chair covered in stars... oh and why not some nasty plastic fruit garland along the balustrade as well...
    Or would that be too much?
    ;-)

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  14. My goodness...I'm thankful I don't live next door...sorry but it's true.

    Having said that these people have done a great deal of work and you can tell they are very proud of there home!

    Cheer

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  15. It does look rather out of place there. I think it would be nice to meet them. Occasionally it is refreshing to be around people who feel free to be themselves and don't worry about keeping up with the "Jones's" and don't mind what other people think about them.

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  16. Robynn......Great Post.
    I'm ready, when do you want to hit the road and go architecture cruising? That house is absolutely amazing - most interesting combination of styles.It could be next door to the Greek house in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, don't ya' think? And by the way we have a chartreuse / purple trim house here and glad I'm not their neighbor - it nearly makes me puke whenever I go past it. Now there's an idea - lets all get our camera's out and take pictures of unusual houses or paint colors and blog them.

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  17. I really admire that... Would I want to live next to it? Maybe. I don't know. But hey. They were themselves, and thats what matters. I get really tired of our personality-free tan and gray neighborhoods.

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  18. My husband has a very similar decorating taste. I better not let his see that photo or else he will want to incorporate some of those white pillars on our treehouse.

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  19. One of our mayor's somewhere in Belgium has forbidden his fellow citizens to build Spanish hacienda style houses because they do not look "Flemish" or Belgian enough. I wonder what that guy would have done with this design? I love your imagination and sense of humour!

    Oh and you could knock on my door, and stay for the weekend too. I would even share my food with you.
    But you'd probably miss it. It's not interesting in any way!

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  20. I love it. It's unique and wonderful and, like you, I can only imagine what kind of thought process built that house. I also love interesting places and always want to stop and see the inside but I've never had the courage to knock.
    Thanks for sharing the photo!

    Okay, for my word verification, I have colon. Hmmm?

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  21. Momma, let me build you a house in da suburbs where it's nice. There is nothing wrong with dis neighborhood. Just help me fix up da house.

    You are welcome anytime. But I know I will have fair warning in your coming as you could not keep a cross country (road) trip off the blog. ;)

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  22. Hahaha, I swear we are too much alike in so many ways. I drove by a place here in Hick Town everyday for several days. Thinking about it and wondering about it. I finally stopped in on Thursday and talked to the owner. There were things I just had to KNOW. Of course he was kinda a Redneck and couldn't answer all the questions I had.And then there was the weirdness factor of a stranger just coming up to your door and you not expecting it, he got over it though when he figured out he knew my Dad before he passed away.

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  23. ohmawgawd,.... don't know whether to laugh or just stare! But like you I have to admire the spirit to do that in what looks like an otherwise mundane neighborhood. Thanks Robynn!

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  24. Yeah, I bet these people are either genius or off their rocker. Well maybe they are normal, I'll try not to pass judgment. Funny picture though.

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  25. Sticks out like a very sore thumb, don't you think?

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