Sunday, December 19, 2010

White Christmas Wishes from the Historic Elgin/Cottrell House

  What a perfect begining for the Christmas Season, a fresh fallen, white snow. I just love a White Christmas. I have been having, a little trouble getting in that Holiday  mood, but this snow is starting to bring me around.
  My  Old Historic House, was built in two stages. 1845 with an 1860 addition.It was built by Hazakieah Elgin, who came to Missouri with a Land Grant from President James Manroe.The old house stayed in the Elgin Family for over one hundred years, I am the fourth owner of the house. Because it has had such few owners, it has stayed very much intact and is one of the best examples of Ante Bellum homes in Missouri.
   I purchased the old house in 2007 and have been busy ever since, working to bring it back to its original glory.
  When I found this house the front porch was missing and the side porches were all but  falling off. These pictures are how it looks today.

My Old Historic 1845/1860  House.

This Arbor was a Fourth Birthday Gift to the House.

My Beagle Girl Prissy is at Rest  Here.The Little Plaque on the left marks her Grave.

These Storks were a First Birthday Gift to the House.

These Southern  Magnolia Trees were a Second Birthday Gift to the house.

This Gagebo was a Third Birthday Gift.

This Fountain was a House Warming Gift to the House.

Come Visit us  Anytime.
   I hope you enjoy the house in the snow. And most off all ,I   hope every one has a wonderful,White Christmas and the best and Happy Year  ever!


Brian said...

I love what you have done with the house Richard. I really enjoy the history and pictures. Brian

Marcia said...

Puts me in the Christmas mood, too! We love your house, inside and out!

The Rustic Victorian said...

What a wonderful home. The snow is magical. I love the storks especially. I am so glad you wrote and sent me your link.
Merry Christmas!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Richard I'm so glad to have found your wonderful home and blog...It's just beautiful and what a work of art your home is...Loved seeing it all...Your victorian antiques are just beautiful my friend...Come by and see me some time...I also love Victorian antiques..I just became your new follower...Merry Christmas...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Richard Cottrell said...

Thank you all for your kind words of support. Merry Christmas.Richard and Sissy

lvroftiques said...

Hi Richard!
I'm so glad you dropped by my blog so I could find yours!
Oh my goodness your home is a beauty! And I can see you're my kind of collector. I adore all things victorian, and am an antique-o-holic! I'll be visiting often I can tell *winks* Oh and I'm your newest follower. Vanna

victorian parlor II said...


Your house is GORGEOUS!!! The porches are amazing:). Thank you so much for visiting my blog-I look forward to visiting your blog again soon!

Christmas Blessings,


victorian parlor II said...


I had to come back and comment after viewing your older posts. Not only is the outside of your home beautiful but the inside is amazing too! What a beautiful place:)!

Christmas Blessings,


Bez Arts said...

Beautiful Richard! Your love of this fine old home shows in every detail of your lovingly done restoration.

Merry Christmas to you and your Sissy-girl.

lvroftiques said...

Richard you have over 100 domes??!! Oh WOWSER!! And at the same time I can't say I'm that surprised *winks* because the collection pictures you've shared here are stellar! PLEASE let me know when your issue of Victorian Homes comes out. I think I might even have that issue of Romantic Homes you're featured in (It's one of my favorite mags) I'll be running out to buy the new one!
I have a feeling we like many of the same things...only you have LOTS more of them! Lol! I can't wait to see what you'll feature next. Vanna

lady Estelle said...

My dear Richard.
I am so please you have found my blog and have invited me to see your lovely home. All I can say is ..Oh my,
I have fallen in love with your home. I will come and visit often.
Have a warm and peaceful Christmas!
Lady Estelle

Mrs. D said...

Hello Richard,
What a wonderful blog. I'm enjoying looking at your beautiful decor. I love the storks! Can you share purchase information?

Mrs. D

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This house is beyond fabulous and how lucky is she that she has you as her owner!!!
The fact that you call your improvements as birthday gifts to the glamorous old gal is too funny. Love that!
You have a gem here.
Excited to spend time reading through all the posts I missed.

homesower said...

You have a lovely house. I would love to include a photo of it in my residential architecture website. I would also like to include your friend's house and I will certainly link in to you. By the way, I can't find where you give a full description of it. It appears to be Italianate, but the railings are a little unusual for my neck of the woods. Would that be a vestige of Steamboat Gothic? Being on the river it seems a likely possibility. I pass a house with a very similar foot print to yours on my travels. I will have to pay attention next time. Maybe I will send a pic of it to you. If you are interested in a link exchange and in allowing me permission to use your house photos please leave a comment on my website. Try my Italianate site at . Thanks