Whittier, California has been inhabited by indigenous tribes, then Mexicans, then Quakers, then the rest of us. In the late 1800's, when the Quakers bought the land, they wanted to name it after the famous poet John Greenleaf Whittier in hopes that would entice more Quakers to move from the east coast, and perhaps Mr. Whittier himself, to the settlement. He never came, but the Quakers did set up a beautiful little community. One way the settlers chose to build their houses was with the help of the Sears Roebuck catalog. In those days, the family would order a "Kit House" from the catalog, have it shipped by train to California, then they would convince their neighbors to bring their wagons and horses, and their tools and skills to help them put it together.
It reminded me of how Color and Contrast really make a difference for Curb Appeal. Many of the homes had been decorated for Halloween with orange lights and spooky ghouls, pumpkins and skeletons. It really added to the spooky ambience of the Ghost Tour.
We expected light colored stucco or siding with contrasting trim. We hoped for romantic rock facing and charming details around the windows and doors.