|Looking beyond the remuddle one can see the elegant tower and two story bay window which are the signature of the Italian Villa style. This is a case where less is more and that porch needs to go.|
However that is not the case with this home, this home is an early home on the street . Most likely built between 1865 and 1870, this home was based on the emerging Italianate Villa style. Instead of the clumsy Queen Anne porch there would have been no porch exposing the two story double bay window to street view. A simple set of stone steps would have lead to a single or perhaps double door with transom. Over that would have been an elegant but simple porch most likely supported by Brackets on either side. This home no doubt sat on a fair amount of land and was one of a handful of "gentleman's farms' as they were known in the day. A comfortable house in what might soon be called the 'suburbs' where one could grow some grapes and other small crops and live the idyllic country life.
|This grand confection of leaded glass was no doubt a part of the 1895 remodel. The suspended ceiling and vinyl floor needs to go however|
By the 1890's this house would have appeared dated and out of style and as the Victorians were known to do it would have been updated to the more "modern' Victorian style of the day. The Queen Anne porch was added , a new leaded glass door and old fashioned cast iron fireplaces with their gaudy gilded mirrors over them were removed for new ones in wood with tile surrounds and gas inserts. If you look closely however you still see signs of the earlier house with the elaborate crown plaster and center medallions in the parlor and formal dining room.
|Under that carpet are inlaid hardwood floors, the mantle and tile are part of the 1890 redo, the plaster ceiling medallion and crown molding are clearly part of the original 1895-70 structure.|
|One can easily see that this house is livable and one can comfortably 'camp out' while they restore this grand old house and entertain in this formal dining room.|
|The paneling needs to go and the ceiling raised (bet the crown is under it). Part of the adventure of restoration is you may just find a treasure. look at that great mantle!|