Changes Over Time

The William Donnell House was built in the Italianate style c. 1868 and was updated in the Stick style c. 1882. This updating included raising the roof four feet to add the Stick style frieze under the eaves and adding the Jerkinhead dormer and porch to the main façade. Interior alterations were made at the same time, and again with a later Victorian remodeling of several rooms, likely in the 1890’s.

More than 100 years later, these changes are not obvious to most people. Understanding the character-defining features of different styles will provide you with the information needed to spot possible changes over time. Those clues can then suggest where to look for more information. Does the framing in the attic show that the roof was raised? Do historic tax records show jumps in valuation at certain dates?

Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners explores both the character-defining features of different styles and how to uncover evidence of changes over time. The 720-page best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 36% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).

Signed copies are available directly from the author on this site.

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