At Home: Untouched by Time

A historic Olinda home is a portal to the past.

Olinda home
Past remains present in the formal dining room, a hub of happy activity, especially during the holidays. Interior designer Ann Jones created the table’s festive centerpiece. / Photographs by Ryan Siphers

Sometime in the 1940s, the family had the second-floor lānai screened in and converted into a sleeping porch to accommodate more overnight guests. It quickly became a coveted spot for younger visitors (Claire included). Apart from that, all of the home’s architectural features remain intact, inside and out. Claire attributes this to her grandmother and mother, who had an aversion to unnecessary change. “They would have viewed things like room renovation or upgrades to appliances as being frivolities.”

And it’s a good thing they did. More than a century later, the home has a timeless, magical quality. “The house is a real touchstone for all three generations that grew up with it as a major part of our lives,” Claire says. “We all experienced the gatherings and the happy parties, and as a result, we have a wonderful shared history.”



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