This house is owned by a local business person who does a terrific job improving her rental properties with a careful eye to the original style of each building. This Victorian (correct me if I am wrong about the style) house on Chess St. is an example. The porch roof recently underwent extensive repair by a reputable local roofing company. I’d venture to say that most landlords would have torn off the porch because it is “just rental property”. This owner has taken care to restore the porch so that it now looks very close to how it would have appeared when originally built.
Most Victorian frame houses have been covered with aluminum or even worse, covered with plastic siding and thus have lost their charm. I think the owner of this house deserves an award for caring enough to restore this house to it’s original condition.
Leave a comment if you know anything about the history of this house or have an old photograph.
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Notice how rough the street was back in 1908. The house looks surprisingly the similar in both pictures. There are several major differences though. Look closely and leave a comment letting me know what differences you see!