This proud classic Greek Revival style house in the Boston area is a great example of how much difference the right exterior materials and details make. In its vinyl-clad and vinyl window phase much of the charm and character of the house had been lost, although its “good bones” remained. The restoration of the exterior, including the missing porch, turned an “okay” house into a gem. It shows what can be done to restore the character of a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.
Houses like this one were built across settled areas of the US between c. 1820 and c. 1850, providing stylish and comfortable houses for middle-class families. Many were neglected and eventually clad in vinyl after much of the middle-class shifted to suburbs in the 20th century. Now, “empty nest” baby boomers and millennials are moving back to cities and houses like this are being restored.
Much more info and photos about this house can be found at: http://anurbancottage.blogspot.com/
Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners was written to help those people, and anyone else who wants to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.
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