A Ghost in the Attic: A Mystery!

When we were getting down the Christmas decorations from the attic last week we scrounged around a little farther in than we usually do and propped up on one of the joists was this fine gentleman:

He has obviously had some water damage.  We think the workers must have found him when they were doing our roof a few years ago and just propped him up.  The roof had many leaks when we first moved in so I think he must have been on the receiving in of one of them.


And of course now we are so curious who he is!  Our house was built in 1902 and since we moved in I have been meaning to visit the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and get some info on it.  Many homes in our neighborhood were built by notable craftsman architects like Julia Morgan, John Hudson Thomas and Edward Seely and I’ve always wanted to find out if ours had any interesting origins.   Was this mustachioed gentleman one of its early inhabitants?  It looks to be from about the right time period.

I would also love to have this portrait restored and displayed–what an exciting connection to have to our home!

Maybe after the holidays I will find the time to register at the BAHA and try to get some info.  I’ll keep you posted.