Blue Victorian House On Chess St. Monongahela PA

Left side of Blue Victorian House On Chess St. Monongahela PA.
Left side of Blue Victorian House On Chess St. Monongahela PA.

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.

This area of the house is still in the process of being painted.
This part of the house extends out toward Chess St. and is in the process of being painted. Can you tell which portions have new paint vs. old?
I know the person doing the paint work, he is a professional and does an excellent job.
I know the person doing the paint work, he is a professional and does an excellent job.
Note all the different textures you find in an original Victorian house. Note the pattern made by the various roof slates and siding shingles. The builders always seem to do interesting things with the window trim found in the gables.
This photo shows the different textures found in an original Victorian house. Note the patterns made by the various roof slates and siding shingles. The builders frequently did interesting things with the window trim found in the gables.

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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The Alexander House

The Alexanders were a prominent family in the early history of Monongahela. Joseph Alexander came to Williamsport (Monongahela) in 1828 and started his career as a Merchant. He also founded the first bank in Monongahela. Click here for more information about the Alexander Family.

Here is a home that was owned by a member of the Alexander family on Meade Street circa 1908:

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This is what the house looks like in 2008:

alexander house 2008

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Side view:

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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!

Click here to view a satellite image of the Alexander House