The House Mouse
“Curiosity killed the cat” is a proverb used to warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation. This is a quote I think of quite often as I was born curious. One of my curiosities is old homes. I drive past houses and then I stop and get out and look from the sidewalk at transoms, stain glass windows, beautiful doors, dormer windows, brick detailing and eves possibly adorned with intricate gingerbread. If the house looks unoccupied I peer in every window I can reach (sometimes on tip toe). Often times I am really lucky and an old house being renovated has an opened entrance, so I slip inside and have an undetected tour! I love houses in my city that were built in the late 1800’s through the 1940’s. When I began sharing my house adventures with my family and friends I would get wide-eyed looks and comments like “Are you crazy?”, “You are going to get arrested!” or “You are brave!” etc. I laugh and I carry on with my supposed escapades! I am the House Mouse!
My interest and love of homes was sparked with my Great Grandparents home. The house is located in Orem, Utah. It was originally owned and constructed by the Knight family in 1909. They lived in the home until 1916 and sold the home to the Walters who lived there until 1926. In 1926, my Great Grandparents Joseph and Ethel Davis Finch purchased the home and farmland. My Grandparents moved to Orem from Goshen where my Great Grandpa worked as a coal miner. They moved to Orem so that they could “Breathe the pure, fresh air.” The Finches lived in the home until 1974 when my Grandma Ethel died. The house itself has received a major addition to the rear for a restaurant. But the interior structure of the original building retains much of its historic integrity. It has been a flower shop/nursery/boutique called ‘Thru the Grapevine’, a Hair Salon, and is now a bakery ‘The Chocolate’.
My Mom lived in this home for a time and has many memories of walking barefoot in the orchards and eating apples, cherries, plums, tomatoes, and raspberries. She has fond memories of gathering in the parlor and on the porch to visit with cousins, aunts, and uncles. My mom felt the home was a place of refuge and being in the home reminds her of her Grandma’s love.
Our family is grateful that it continues to be a place where people can come and enjoy each other’s company and connect. Come inside with me and take a peek…This house is beautiful, with so much character. The exterior has thick freeze board that trims the eves of the house, the transoms, the eyebrow window, the large columns, and the unique triangle windows that adorn the three upstairs rooms. On the inside the finish work is detailed with tall base boards and lovely trim around the doors and the entrance to the parlor. I love that this home is all made of brick!
While I’ve had many adventures discovering beautiful old homes, this sweet home will always be one of my favorites. It was a major influence in picking a house plan and designing several details in our new home. I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse inside. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but I am not a cat! You can look for many more adventures from ‘The House Mouse!’