Steampunk Sunday: “Spooky Hallowe’en Homes” Edition

 

So deliciously creepy!The house from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (via IMDb)

Some spooky goodness for our steampunk homes today!

Long a darling of horror films everywhere, the homes you see in early horror films have long been mislabeled as Gothic (gothic horror as a genre started in the mid-1700s). This style, with a tower or cupola, and the distinctive flat roofs, are known as  “Second Empire”  or “Mansard”. It’s sometimes also referred to as Napolean III style and reached its peak around 1855 or 1865 to 1880. They fit in fine for a steampunk-inspired home, don’t they?

Buffalo girls, won't you come out tonight...?Even in feel-good movies: the house from Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”

If we were designing a steampunk home, here’s what we can take away for our own:

  • arched second story windows
  • the flat roof with the ironwork – sometimes called a “widow’s walk” because it was supposedly a place for wives of sea captains and sailors to watch as the men sailed off to sea.
  • a cupola or tower – can anyone say “library”?
  • slate roof
  • brackets beneath the eaves
  • there’s got to be a hidden room in here somewhere, doesn’t there?

So Cute. Not sure if I like the restaurant style enclosed porch though Second Empire home in Belleville, Ontario (via Ontario Architecture)

 

I'd love to see what the room looks like in the top of the tower. Wouldn't you?Heck-Andrews House, Raleigh, NC (via the Nat’l Park Service)


We've come full-circle back to the Bates Psycho mansion, haven't we? Phantom Manor or “la maison hantée” at Disneyland Paris (via Wikipedia )

If you’d like to see more, have a wander over to “The Old Haunted House” for a series of photos. (Check out House #5 – love the window in the roofline of the tower.) Or Google images for Second Empire homes. There are some beauties everywhere.

Have a happy (and safe) Hallowe’en!

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  1. Kelly,
    I enjoyed reading your post. On the section below…
    “If we were designing a steampunk home, here’s what we can take away for our own:
    a cupola or tower – can anyone say “library”?
    slate roof
    brackets beneath the eaves
    there’s got to be a hidden room in here somewhere, doesn’t there?”
    If you ever need a very high quality copper cupola for one of your projects, please contact me. We have many products that will make your home look like a castle similar to these homes in your article.
    ALso, I vote for the adams family too.

  2. Yes those house are really spooky, but they’re also beautiful. Do you know the Winchester Mystery House? It’s got hundreds of rooms that all are connected by weird interconnected corridors. And some doors lead to nowhere. It’s really creepy. I heard that Sarah Winchester had the house built to escape the spirits killed by the Winchester rifle. That’s a great inspiration for anyone wanting to build a steampunk mansion…or a horror house.

  3. That Julia (Hooked on Houses) is always on the ball! :D Love her blog.
    Also, thanks for the link. Fun! (Yes, I like the Addams Family too…)

  4. Goodness, Kelly, you forgot to include the Addams’ family house! That’s a classic Gothic home. Hooked on Houses appropriately did a Halloween post on it, http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/10/31/the-addams-family-house-where-every-night-is-halloween/
    Here’s an article, http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2010/10/horrors_a_northeast_portland_h.html that appeared in our local paper last Thursday about a couple who built a new house modeled after the Munsters. Yeah, you read that right. They love the Munsters. (I personally prefer the Addams Family but each to their own.)

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