OBJECTIVE: To determine age of house and dates of any alterations.
HOUSE DATE: Original house - c.1800-1810; front addition - c.1890; final addition - 1970.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The first step was to perform an architectural study by inspecting the building and the grounds. Observation indicated that there had been two additions to the original two-unit two-story linear style home. The foundation walls of the dirt crawl area of the original structure were made of local fired red brick. The first and second story were constructed of braced brick filled framing. The front addition was built using irregular uncut coarsed walls topped with local red fired brick. The final addition was built on concrete using concreteblock. Clapboard was used on the exterior of the original structure, resurfaced with stucco with the front addition, and then finally the entire structure was covered with aluminum siding in 1970. (The complete report provides additional details and information.)
Homes and similar buildings in the town and surrounding towns were evaluated. Local history was searched in firsthand accounts and newspapers. Deeds were traced back to the earliest known. Maps were searched including surveys, tax, ownership, road returns, county and town maps. Census records were checked along with available city directories. Owners and occupants were searched in newspapers and family records to determine if any documents existed providing clues about the house's origination. All information was collected, analyzed and report developed providing a review of the architecture as it related to the evolution of the building.
FORMAT: Report in HABS outline formatting.
DURATION OF PROJECT: 3-4 months.