Just for fun, I thought I'd show you a few photos of our house.
This was taken in 1902, when the house was new. My grandma could name most of the people in the photo, because they were her relatives. The house has been in her family since it was built.
My grandparents moved in after my mom was born, but before her first birthday - 1945 - and lived here until they both died, my grandma, more recently, in 2003.
At that point, we bought the house, and it looked like this. Somehow most of the 'historical' features had been deleted in order to "modernize" over the years. Not much in the way of window trim, the siding was aluminum, and there was a flat roof over the mud-room and part of the kitchen.
If that last bit doesn't horrify you, you've never spent a winter in the Pacific Northwest.
Since then, we've done a bit of remodeling ourselves, increasing our living space, eliminating the flat roof, and (we hope) making the house more attractive by bringing back some of its historical roots.
Well, if you really compare the photos, it's probably more "historical" now than it ever was. Make of that what you will.
What can I say? I married an architect. :0)