Historic Neighborhoods

old house journal

A look at some of the country's  most interesting historic neighborhoods, known for their period-style architecture and historic homes.  

American city planner JOHN NOLEN designed Venice for primary developers, the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers. Streets and avenues are laid out in graceful geometric patterns with regard to the natural landscape and the Gulf of Mexico.

Venezia Park / Venice, Florida

This is one of three National Register districts in the John Nolen Historic District of Venice—already a destination before the state’s 1920s boom, and before southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast had made it onto tourist maps.

Products of the Week

A pendant light over the door adds a stately touch to the ubiquitous Victorian porch; Brass Light Gallery’s London Lantern mimics the design of 19th-century streetlights.

Brass Light Gallery

Interior and exterior architectural lighting for your home and garden, in styles from Victorian to '30s Modern. Select from 15 finish options. Made in USA since 1974. They also have a vintage/antique lighting department, and offer expert restoration services.

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Unico System

A central heating and cooling system using "aspiration" technology to warm and cool homes evenly and quietly with flexible small ducts that weave through ceilings, walls, and even floors.