Sheila H. Ogle
A Love Story
ARCHITECTURE /Historic Preservation / General
Can a house talk? The Pink House can! Imagine how a house feels when one family moves out and another moves in. Or how she feels when facing neglect, or even demolition? Does a house experience love? In her first novel, The Pink House, (Circa 1830): A Love Story, Sheila Ogle’s old Victorian mansion speaks to us loud and clear. In a spirited but playful voice, the Pink House tells her story from construction as a 19th century home on the edge of town to her prime spot on Academy Street in the up and coming historic town of Cary, North Carolina. It’s a beautiful tale, and Ogle masterfully replays for us the history of her pink house from the house’s perspective, taking us step by step through the difficult decision of renovating an old home that some saw simply as firewood. Each stage of the renovation reveals hidden treasures, and with each decision made and obstacle overcome, the love between house and human deepens. The Pink House, no longer defined by her past, once again comes alive as members of the community fill her with love, admiration, and respect.