Saturday, May 7, 2011

Munich Mansions

I think I could walk aimlessy through Munich's old stately neighborhoods for days without taking a break.  I find so much inspiration in the architecture, not to mention being captivated by all of the stories that must lie within, both current and past.  So, if you're interested, take a walk with me...

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
I love the mosaic detailing on this home, although my picture doesn't do it justice.  It sparkles in the sunlight and is SOOOO gorgeous in real life!
These owls are everywhere.  I'm thinking they must symbolize the owls watching over these grand homes - a predecessor to video surveillance.  :)


Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
I love that little private terrace all the way at the top, and all of the detailing up there.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
 Ideas for fencing, and ironwork in general, is everywhere... 

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
I always fall for houses with any type of trailing vines. 

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
Another version of great fencing.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
I love this design for an outdoor railing...wondering how
ridiculously expensive that would be to reproduce??!!

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
This is a curious thing about this neighborhood...most of the houses have these little outbuildings on the corner...I presume that is where the watchmen used to sit.  It isn't very obvious but there tucked between the house and the tree is another owl.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
A bit more detailing - more Victorian style than the typical Art Nouveau.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
An elegant entryway.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
Another onion dome.  I guess this is the eastern European influence coming in to play...
or from the many churches in Munich and surroundings with a similar roof to these.

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
Very cool detailing up top...so beautiful!

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
I love the accents on this house - the half-circle exterior, detailing around the windows and smaller round windows up top - all so romantic!

Photography by Barbara Jordan Dettweiler
How about that roofline and that beautiful little terrace?

You may have noticed that all of the houses are in very muted grays, taupes and light yellows.  This sets a very regal and stately tone for the neighborhood, and they rely on the architectural details to make the homes unique and interesting. 

I hope you enjoyed our little walk today. 
I would love to hear if you have a favorite or any other comments!

3 comments:

The enchanted home said...

I can see why.....it would never get old staring at such grand old beauties....so pretty and stately, Love all the exquisite architectural details. Fabulous!

quintessence said...

Stunning! I'm with Tina - always love all the architectural details. So beautiful and interesting - they are always the clues to the history of the times!

eclecticrevisited said...

what gorgeous homes...love the style...
I think I could walk aimlessly too and not need a break..so much to see and admire...
maureen

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