House Signs in Klosters

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In the Canton of Graubunden,where Klosters is, it is common to name your house and paint it on one of the sides. These are some examples of this-they can be beautiful!

Ralph Waldo Emerson House

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“Bush,” the house of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord MA is across the street from the Concord Museum, a ten-minute walk east of Monument Square.

Built in 1829 as a summer house by the Coolidge family, the house was bought by Emerson as a family residence in July 1835.

The house was a center for meetings of Emerson and his friends, and still contains original furniture and Emerson’s memorabilia.

It was here that Emerson wrote his famous essays “The American Scholar” and “Self Reliance,” here that he entertained Bronson and Louisa May Alcott, his aunt Mary Moody Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, and many others.

On July 24, 1872, the house caught fire and was heavily damaged. Luckily there was no serious injury, all of the Emersons escaped, and Emerson’s papers were not lost.

Without consulting Emerson, his neighbors took up a collection to pay for repairs. This allowed Emerson to journey to Europe and to Egypt—as he had always dreamed of doing—while repairs were being made. In 1873 the Emersons returned to live in the house, surprised by a town-wide celebration of the event.

Ralph Waldo Emerson died here in 1882.

The Old Manse

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There seemed to be some interest in some of the other(I did Thoreau’s house a few days ago) historic houses in Concord so I thought I would share a few-not sure of the paint colors but I could certainly find out if needed!

Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions over the course of the next century. In the mid-19th-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day here, with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.

A handsome Georgian clapboard building, The Old Manse sits near the banks of the Concord River among rolling fields edged by centuries-old stone walls and graced by an orchard. From upstairs, you can look out over the North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Manse home for a time – and each found inspiration here. Emerson would draft his famous essay “Nature” from an upstairs room, and Hawthorne would write a tribute to the homestead called Mosses from an Old Manse. Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, started their married life here, and you can still see the poems they wrote to each other, etched on the Manse’s window panes. The heirloom vegetable garden, which has been recreated today, was originally planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of the Hawthornes’ wedding.

Concord Farmhouse

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This beautiful farmhouse was built in the 1830’s and is historically protected.It was a two family farmhouse until the late 1880’s when it became a one family house. In 2000 the current owner gutted the house and created new space but on the footprint of the previous structure. It has a gorgeous view out the front of a classic farm here in Concord.

This house is stained in Ben Moore Pewter Gray.

Thoreau House

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This is the house of Henry David Thoreau. He lived his whole life in Concord although not all of his years were spent in this house. He was born in a different house, lived for two years as a handyman for Ralph Waldo Emerson in his house, and of course famously spent two years and two months living on Walden Pond. His family produced pencils behind the house that were generally thought to be America’s best-mostly because Henry had researched german pencil-making techniques.

A common mistake is the thought that Henry wrote “Walden” while living on Walden Pond.He actually wrote “A Week On the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”there-an account of a week long trip he took with his brother and a remembrance of John after he died quite suddenly in 1842.In actuality, he wrote most of “Walden” while living with his parents in the third floor attic room of this house.

The house is called “The Yellow House” by Thoreau scholars and was later acquired by the Alcott family. They added the west wing and many Transcendentalist meetings took place there.
The color is known as Thoreau yellow-a special mix-but can be obtained from PhillipsDES.com.

River Beauty

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This delightful house was built in the late 1800’s. It has a wonderful property that slopes down to the Concord River. The exterior is painted in Chestertown Buff(HC 9),the shutters are Hidden Falls(714) and the trim is Windham Cream(HC 6). All are Ben Moore paints.