This late Victorian era building had lost much of its architectural character. Decades of vacancy and neglect combined with a failed integral gutter system left this residential building shorn of its original porch and suffering severe structural damage from water infiltration.
A determined new owner working with skilled trades people (and a good historic consultant) saved the building and restored its architectural character. Fortunately, there were historic photos of the original porch to guide the recreation and the missing porch was restored.
This is a great example of what can be done to restore a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.
Using historic documentation to guide the restoration of missing features (and what to do if you can’t find documentation) is covered in Chapter 3 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.
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