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In the process of purchasing a 1890 Italianate style home that has been through numerous remodels over the years and want to bring it back to its original floor plan. Any advice on where I could find resources on original floir plans?

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Great hopuse!  Looks like you have a lot of original trim and features intact on the outside.  Sometimes the best way to find the original floor plan is to go to the basement and look up.  The framing will tell you a lot of where the original walls were.  I have been in hundreds of homes of the same era.  Most likely there was a front hall with the stair case.  There would be a wall on the left separating the hall from the parlor with possibly pocket doors or french doors. At the end of the front hall under the bend of the stairs would be a small entering a dining room. The dining room would would have pocket doors on the left joining it to the back parlor.  The back parlor would have double doors joining it to the front parlor. The smaller back of the house would have the Kitchen and should have a pantry which would have been turned into a 1/2 bath and possibly a back stairway.  Good Luck in your new home.  Lair  

Beautiful trim work.

Lair, thanks for your advice.Most of the walls are the same and the front of the home is 99% original. The back part of the house is my concern. I tried the basement idea and found no hints. A description I found in a 1921 fire inspection said it was a galley style kitchen with a small pantry. (Which there is no remnants of, as the kitchen was turned into a checkout area when the home was turned into a gift shop 30 years ago)
Here are some more pictures of the home,updated taken two days ago. Needs a new coat of paint and some minor repairs.

Great staircase!  It looks to be natural, for your sake I hope it is.  A good way to find a pantry is to look around your kitchen, since it is open now, and look for the smallest window.  It was usually on the north side of the kitchen.  The small window was so they could open the window and use it as a fridge in the winter, and the north side is so it would be cooler in the summer to store some produce.  In your basement you may not see any structural things because the walls would not be load bearing walls.  Still you may see a double joist somewhere.  If you have a basement stair they liked to build a wall the full length of the room and put the pantry in the part that wasn't used by the stair.  In some cases they would even build cupboards over the stairs headroom. I hope this makes some sense to you. Lair

That's a huge help. Scary how much you know about my home haha, its almost like you're in here. Thanks again!


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