This is what is so important. Remember that you love these homes, and others loved them before you. That is what makes them so appealing, I think. Houses are, and were, full of dreams, romance, politics, passion, love, hate, vengeance, insanity, war, peace, depravity, isolation, fear, loneliness, etc. Other points of reference are governmental and/or cultural influence.
I also hope that it will inspire you to visit house museums, get involved with your historical association, or just be able to understand just a little bit more than you do now. So, when you do see those columns, I want you to be able to see past the wood, concrete, brick, etc. and be able to commune with the home’s past.