What style is my house built in 1913?

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Comment by PStewart on March 15, 2012 at 6:43pm

Originally a duplex, possibly. So-called "Transitional Style." Has both late Victorian elements as well as Craftsman and Prarie style elements. I would suppose the original trim detailing on the inside would have simple but attractive door and window casings, with entablature-style headers.

Comment by Jill Deckard on March 15, 2012 at 11:03pm

Thank you for your comment. Front of house definitely has a duplex appearance. I have no idea why design has 3 doors? I know the original owner was a partner in our small town Long-Bell Lumber yard in early 1800's. There are no signs of 2 separate units on the inside. The house seems to have all original stained trim, flooring, doors & hardware intact. I was thrilled it had never been painted! We acquired the house in foreclosure for next to nothing. I'm counting the days to our closing date on the 23rd.

Comment by James Martin on October 24, 2012 at 12:04pm

By 1913 you are really past the typical house style questions of the Victorian era.  You could call it Edwardian and call it good.  It has elements of a lot of things prairie, like mentioned above, a little bit four square.  Like most houses at the time it was likely carpenter built so style was not an issue really. It was probably originally white as well since the return to white movement was pretty well underway by then.  I would talk you into painting the siding a darker color than the trim.  This can tie in the brick base and make what detailing that is there much more apparent.  If you did call out the detailing it would look more historically correct to do it with muted tones rather than some painted lady fantasy.  We are so inattentive these days that people will not notice all the nice details unless they are picked out.  The house is very balanced and formal so you need to keep that in mind when you choose colors- keep it fairly dignified.  It can be a real beauty!

Comment by Jill Deckard on October 24, 2012 at 1:21pm

Thank you so much James. Your comment was extremely helpfull & informative. People on this site are so knowledgeable, it's amazing!!!! I can't wait to get this monster project started..... pictures to follow.

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