Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Radley House

The Radley House
Village of Rural, Wisconsin

The widow's walk. Back in New England, homes along the seacoast had an open or enclosed porch up on the roof of the house where one could look out to sea. It was called a widow's walk because often a woman would watch for her man who was lost at sea and would never return. Here in the Midwest these are more often called cupolas, though Belvedere may be used from time to time.

Eaves shelter the building on each side, decorated by double brackets.

The addition at the back of the house - off the kitchen - is being extensively reconstructed.

The Carriage House was built long after the main house. You can see the difference in the construction of the windows and the lack of eaves as well as in the shape of the doorways.

The Radley House is currently being carefully restored by it's owners. Even though restoration was not completed it was featured in the Rural House Walk for the first time in 2008.


  1. What a lovely house. I'd love to see inside if they ever open it to the public. I love old houses with character.

  2. Great post! I would love to see this home too.
    Love the cupola or as we say in New England, the widow's walk.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by. I love that HOUSE! And the powerful Valentine was extremely inspiring to me.

    See you later,

  5. My name is keith radley my grand father showed me pics of this house its beautiful . Hopefully one day ill get to see it in person. I know a little bit of my family history and this house was apart of it. Its good to see it on the web.