A house may have an obvious history, such as author Ernest Hemingway's home in the Florida Keys, or an obscure history: all houses have histories.
907 Whitehead Street, Key West, Monroe County, Florida Keys, Florida; Saturday, June 3, 2006, 23:23: Andreas Lamecker, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hemingwayhouse.jpg
Diaries provide information about houses in which they are written and also about the writers and other dwellers.
Monday, June 26, 1937, diary entry by English novelist and poet Emily Brontë includes sketch of herself and Anne writing at the drawing room table.
"A bit past 4 o'clock . . . . Anne and I writing in the drawing room -- Anne a poem beginning "Fair was the Evening and brightly the Sun . . . .": Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sketch_by_Emily_Brontë_sgowing_herself_and_Anne_at_work_in_the_dining_room_of_the_parsonage..jpg
Census records offer helpful information for crafting home histories.
Pitcher commemorates the first United States census, ca. 1790, made in England.
National Museum of American History, Washington, DC: Daderot, Public Domain (CC0 1.0), via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pitcher_commemorating_the_first_United_States_census,_c._1790,_made_in_England_-_National_Museum_of_American_History_-_DSC06150.JPG
House histories may reveal their qualification for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the United States federal government's official list of historically significant and/or artistically valuable properties.
The NRHP is administered by the National Park Service (NPS), an agency of the Department of the Interior.
typical plaque acknowledging NRHP-listed property; Monday, June 21, 2010, 19:10: Jonathunder, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HistoricPlacesNationalRegisterPlaque.JPG
House histories may reveal their qualification for listing as a National Historic Landmark (NHL), a place of outstanding historical significance.
F.F. Tomek House (Ferdinand Frederick and Emily Tomek House), known as Ship House; 1904 design by Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867-April 9, 1959); NHL and NRHP, Jan. 20, 1999; owned by Dutch-American artist Maya Moran Manny (born Aug. 31, 1934) since 1974
F.F. Tomek House, 150 Nuttall Road, Riverside, Cook County, northeastern Illinois; Monday, June 7, 2010, 12:12: Teemu08, CC BY SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TomekHouse.JPG