|3 nearly identical houses that illustrate how even minor changes can change how we view them as historic.|
They are also a good example of "updating" that often occurred over time. Other than the fact the one on the left is frame, they are essentially identical, sharing the same basic plan the frame one being slightly simpler and with a slightly higher roof line to accommodate more attic space.. This was not uncommon to see rows of town homes of the same basic plan often built by the same 'builder". What we can learn here is how to spot basic forms and determine the kind of changes that occurred.
|Put an 1870 door on and restore back to 2 over 2 windows and his house will be 'period perfect'|
The middle house shows updating by the addition of a porch. Porches came in to vogue later in the Victorian period and it was common to see a porch added to a brick townhouse like this. People wanted to have a place to sit in the fresh air and often entertain and converse with neighbors or passers by..
The house on the right shows the next logical progression that occurred. It too once had a porch like the center one but at some point the house was resided and the owner chose to update the house again by creating a heaver, more 'craftsman massed' porch by boxing in brackets and detail . Often you can strip these away and find the original porch underneath.
Unless you saw them clustered like this you might assume the house on the left is just 'ugly' but by looking at these as three 'like' built homes you can see that by merely removing a porch you could take that house back to its 1870's roots or by restoring a porch like the middle its 1890's remodel. Someone , not properly trained , might dismiss the left house as on historic eligible due to its 'remodels, however these are easily reversed. As a cluster of homes built at the same time in with Italianate details they are definitely contributing structures as part of a larger historic district.
|All of the houses have fine details like these brackets|
The loss of Fairmount business.residential district will e the largest loss of architecture sine the freeway was built.