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Bricked over window and staircase
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We are in the process of deciding whether to purchase a 1886 Victorian home.  It had a large addition completed somewhere around 1900-1910. In addition, at some point it was divided into small…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles J Nov 27, 2018.

 

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Charles J replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"This is an incredible house - and it still has a lot of original details. We were lucky to get a copy of the architect's plans for our house when we purchased it, but we also found information on the original floor plan of our house and how it…"
Nov 27, 2018
Matt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"It was converted to apartments sometime in the 50’s from what I can gather.  When the apartments were tore out and returned back to single family by the next owners in 1964, there is a picture with the family on the porch with the window…"
Nov 12, 2018
caseypratt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"I have worked on two structures with this feature in the same village. (Waterford, VA.) For sure would not meet code today. For hat reason would code-compliance compelled them to do this to your place? Was it made into a B&B or apartments…"
Nov 12, 2018
Lair Tienter replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Wonderful house!  Back in those days a blue print was rare.  You would hire a carpenter that you liked their work on other homes.  Without plans the house plans were in the contractors head and the building would start.  When the…"
Nov 11, 2018
Matt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"It is common? I have scoured the internet looking for a picture or example that would show one to no avail. I had a friend tell me that it’s possible it was blocked due to code. That windows at the bottom of stairs not 36” away are not…"
Nov 11, 2018
caseypratt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Open it back up. Windows behind staircases is very common. Very awesome stick/Eastlake trim in your house."
Nov 11, 2018
Matt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Attached are the pictures of the blocked off window. The bricked window is the same size and shape as the ones in the above picture of the staircase interior.  It is the same height from the ground as the window nearest in the 1st picture. it…"
Nov 7, 2018
Matt replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Ken-sent additional pics. Thanks!"
Nov 7, 2018
Ken klemmer replied to Matt's discussion Bricked over window and staircase
"Do you have a good photo of the bricked over window?  I'm not sure I follow you train of thought regarding photo 1 and how it relates to the exterior. The stair looks well done and likely original given the landing window alignment.…"
Nov 6, 2018
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Bricked over window and staircase

We are in the process of deciding whether to purchase a 1886 Victorian home.  It had a large addition completed somewhere around 1900-1910. In addition, at some point it was divided into small apartments, then "restored" back to a single family home in 1966. Since that point it has seen 12 owners.  There are no blueprints, not much in the way of documentation of any sort, and despite me spending countless hours pining over books, I have not been able to locate any building plan or pictures that…See More
Nov 5, 2018

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Husband, father, sports junkie, love tomatoes, hate ketchup.
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Renovated a 1943 bungalow 20 years ago. Went new, looking at old again

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