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  • Steve Boyd

Renovating a Century Old Historic Home

This 3 story brick Queen Anne house was built in 1897. The house features a three-story, polygonal corner tower; and Stick style front and side porches with spindled friezes. The home still has the original maple wood floors, and beautiful stained wood doors, trim, and baseboards. The are 2 staircases in the home, one is a beautiful staircase near the front foyer, then a 2nd staircase is located off the kitchen. There are 2 staircases that go to the full basement, and one staircase from the 2nd floor up to the 3rd floor. All the rooms in this home are quite large and have large closets for a home of this age.

The home had recently set vacant for over 10 plus years and the home was in dire need of repairs. Only 2 families have ever lived in this home until the 1980's when it was used for commercial space for a short time.

The roof had been leaking over the years and we replaced the roof with Certainteed Presidential series shingles to replicate the look of original cedar shake. The dormers still have all the original hand carved cedar shake shingles for siding. The main structure is all brick with segmental arch lintels and rough cut limestone sills.

The original carriage house is long gone but we are in the process of building a 3 car garage with a guest house above it. The home sits on a double lot which is very spacious. The land where the original carriage house and the brewery were was sold many years ago and is now commercial property. We found the grandson of the 2nd family of ownership who was born in the home, and he showed us where the original bathroom was on the 2nd floor which was now gone. What a wonderful family and he shared so many stories of his Dad and growing up in the home. His name is carved on the basement door where the coal storage was. He also had many stories of the original owners of the home.

On interior work , we added the bathroom back to the 2nd floor in it's original location with a beautiful clawfoot tub. The home is full of charm with all the original woodwork, the large pocket doors, the maple hardwood floors, and the covered porches and balconies. Landscaping has been updated with some tree removal , and new shrubs and flowers.

Stay tuned to see more progress of restoring this beautiful masterpiece!