My house has a doppelganger

My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:19 pm

I was driving through the new town that i am moving to as soon as i can sell my property in maryland and saw a house that looks just like mine. My house is old built in the early 1900's. i didnt know houses were built so similary back then. I know now they build cookie cutter houses all over. But i thought this was interesting. Does anyone else have an old home they live that has a doppelganger as well?

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The first two pics are of the doppelganger in my new town and the second two are of my new house.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:28 pm

How wide is the front of your house?
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: GRinRI On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:31 pm

My parents house was built around 1920 and it was right around the corner from another that was the same.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:32 pm

Why is it called a doppelganger? I see this style of house in many small towns and never knew they had a name. Lisa
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:32 pm

Mmmm, i guess around 30 ft. i know the lot is 30 by 60 and we only own the land the house sits on for the most part. so i guess around 30 ft. i can measure it this weekend if you want.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:35 pm

Wikipedia says a doppelganger is ...

Doppelgänger (De-doppelgaenger.ogg pronunciation (help·info)), or "Fetch", is the ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation.
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In the vernacular, "Doppelgänger" has come to refer (as in German) to any double or look-alike of a person.


I just used the term to refer to my house as a doppelganger since it was a look a like. I know its not a person and maybe not the right term but its sort of freeky to me
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:35 pm

lowfog01 wrote:Why is it called a doppelganger? I see this style of house in many small towns and never knew they had a name. Lisa


You see my house in lots of small towns? I didnt know that?
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:57 pm

I travel the back roads a lot and see that style of house quite often east of the Mississippi. It's just one of the things I notice. i wonder if it was originally built like a Sears house from the 1920s. Maybe I'll do some research in my spare time. :D Lisa
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:00 pm

lowfog01 wrote:I travel the back roads a lot and see that style of house quite often east of the Mississippi. It's just one of the things I notice. i wonder if it was originally built like a Sears house from the 1920s. Maybe I'll do some research in my spare time. :D Lisa



Sears? the store? Didnt know they made houses
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:16 pm

brckwlt wrote:Does anyone else have an old home they live that has a doppelganger as well?

It's not unusual to see twins or triplets around here, roughly turn of the century. And I had a 200-year-old house for awhile where you could see that the same carpenter added the same style dormers on several houses on the road. They didn't match the style of the houses, but it must have been a case of all the neighbors keeping up with the Joneses.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:18 pm

Sears? the store? Didnt know they made houses


Houses, garages, cars, you name it, they sold it back in the day.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: brckwlt On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:25 pm

rberq wrote:
brckwlt wrote:Does anyone else have an old home they live that has a doppelganger as well?

It's not unusual to see twins or triplets around here, roughly turn of the century. And I had a 200-year-old house for awhile where you could see that the same carpenter added the same style dormers on several houses on the road. They didn't match the style of the houses, but it must have been a case of all the neighbors keeping up with the Joneses.


That is intersting, i didnt know house were built so alike back then. I guess it doesnt suprise me to much. Do you think the insides look the same as well?
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:32 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:
Sears? the store? Didnt know they made houses


Houses, garages, cars, you name it, they sold it back in the day.
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Yeah, they made them and they sold them through the catalog - just like a pair of pants. That was back in the 20s. Now the original ones are highly expensive collectors’ items and a good many are on the National Historical Registry. The town of Clifton, VA has a replicated one that someone had built in the late 60s. It’s on the Clifton walking tour along with the house of a survivor of the Titanic; no, theres not much to do in Clifton. :D
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:39 am

brckwlt wrote:
Sears? the store? Didnt know they made houses


Sears used to sell anything, I believe it was them that offered small steel truss mail order bridges. A house kit is not unfathomable.

Having said that they were probably built by the same builder.

Around these parts you can find whole blocks of old company homes from very small ones to larger homes.
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Re: My house has a doppelganger

PostBy: acesover On: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:44 am

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