Seeking

 

52nd-meridian_1388959285417_1949730_ver1.0_640_480To make this project a success, I need to collect stories about your home, the house next door, or the neighborhood in general. I’m not interested in gossipy mean-spirited stuff. But I sure enjoy the quirky, the unusual, the personalities and vocations and events that make living in one of these homes an obligation to honor and revere them beyond their brick and mortar existence.

–How you can help–

Look for photos, think about stories you’ve heard, serendipitous connections you’ve bumped into, or questions you’ve been wondering about…consider some of the suggested topics below. Please feel free to comment if you think of something, or want to make an addition to the list.

As always, let me know if you’d like your contact info kept private (comments do not go live until I have read them–if it is your preference, no one will see the original outside of you and me).

~The List~

Do you remember move in day–or was your family already in the home when you came along?
Who were your friends? Did you have a group of kids to hang out with in the neighborhood or was it filled with old people?
Has someone famous lived there/ visited / friends of the family /walked by?
Where did you and other kids go to school?
Summers were spent….at Rivi? at Woodstock? at Culver? on Lake Michigan? Inside reading or playing Pirates?…
At ____ there was a _____that I always thought was weird. (One resident told me that a fountain in the sun-room always looked like it had lizards guarding it–like maybe it was something from Dark Shadows–so she always tip-toed through that room in a scurry!).
The most mysterious house on the street was….
The best house for Trick or Treating was…
Each year the decorator’s showhouse was–anticipated, a chance to nose around, dreaded for the traffic, brought out crazy people who peeped into neighbor’s windows….
We moved there because…
We left when…
The people before us…
Some stuff they left…
I always looked forward to…
During the war…
Going to the grocery/ shopping/ we went to…
Christmas at our house was always…
My parents entertained/ were quite private / held all the family functions/ never liked having others over
Did your family employ staff? Who were they? What did you think of them? Do you stay in touch?
What careers, activities were family members involved in?
Did you ever hear stories about your house or others–haunted, bootleggers, famous visitors, rude house guests, unusual pets, best yard for baseball, first color TV…
Were you there for the “Blizzard?”
What is your first memory of Meridian Street?
How long have you been here? Are you from nearby, or did you come here from out of state?
What little quirk or oddity have you found in your home? Did someone carve initials into the attic beams, or was there an ashtray built-in next to each commode, a spy bookcase in the library?
Note: I will not reveal the specific address of where things like floor safes or prohibition closets can be found, I want to always keep your safety and privacy at the fore.