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France home on tour is period perfect

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Part 3 of 4

We tend to think of historic homes as large-with enormous living rooms, huge kitchens and perhaps even a ballroom for formal parties. A few people did, in fact, live that way, but before the Second World War most middle and even upper class people lived in homes of smaller scale. If for no other reason, they were easier to heat!

The home at 122 E. Compton St. was built in l930. It doesn't boast a ballroom but it is grand when it comes to character and period style. Terry and Becky France are the current owners. It is evident that the home is cherished.

As you approach this gable-front bungalow the well maintained wood siding contributes to the front porch character and its daydreaming ambience. Lead glass windows offer an impressive glimpse of additional pleasantries that are offered just beyond the handsome front door.

Throughout most of the home, the mellowed wood trim and doors whisper for your attention. In the dining room, an original fireplace and window seat tell of by-gone days when artisans took exceptional pride in their work. Although portions of the home have been remodeled, continuity with the rest of the home is found in old-fashioned comfort and charm.

It's show time in the backyard. The lawn and flowers are surrounded by the enduring symbol of the American landscape-- the picket fence. This vintage feature gives the home additional spirit. The property retains a gracious heritage.

Meridian-Forest Historic District gratefully thanks Terry and Becky for their contribution of keeping Brazil history alive and well. The love they have given their former residence reflects the kind of integrity and pride the District encourages and promotes.


Note this:

The Meridian-Forest Historic District in Brazil will sponsor the third annual Historic Home Tour, 1-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at Page's Food Store in Brazil or at any of the four tour sites on Sunday.

Refreshments will be served at Traditions. For more information, phone Jan at 442-1423 or Veda at 448-8595.

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