is the whole place going colonial or what?
Maybe its me, maybe it's not, but, has anyone noticed that the majority of renovations that we old house owners tend to undo are modern misinterpretations of colonial revival ? And when you go to get replacement parts (for your 1904 Prairie home that someone tried to make a 1954 center hall colonial), all you are offered is white plastic colonial parts and you end-up making what you need, yourself.
The plastic eagles ... the scroll pediments ... even vinyl siding tends to model from "colonial" buildings. A quick walk through HD and L's left me feeling like everyone should have an all-colonial-white, plastic colonial box for a house, with the inside painted "new-construction-easy-resale-beige" (because thats what the colonists had, too ...) with glossy bleached-out white trim - even in an old Queen Anne, or Prairie house.
Then the new issue of TOH showed up on our doorstep (my S.O. loves that mag ... i use it as a trivet for hot food) and everything in there seemed to followed the same mantra: "redo it in a colonial style ... or you're stupid".
Its almost like you shouldn't think - just do as your told, and make it colonial. Even new construction is bad-renditions of pseudo-colonial plastic white crappy what-have-you.
in the past there was cool, interesting architecture. Even old real colonial revival houses (1875-1920) are great houses. Now it seems to be just "one plastic trick pony" colonial ... everywhere.