Monday, January 30, 2012

This folk Victorian will get major love

I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks to Susan and Knick of Time Tuesday #24 {Vintage Style Link Party}

Dan Souther from Round Here Renovations wrote me about renovating this Folk Victorian in Grant Park. Thanks to Dan we can have a look at the "before" pictures.

The records say Year Built: 1920, Living Area: 1,552, Acres .1791.

It's not so hot from the sidewalk. Dan said they'll un-enclose and liberate the porch.

You get a better perspective from across the street. It has a handsome shape and familiar Grant Park proportions.

It's bigger and taller than it looks from the street. I count 3 chimneys.

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The house wears a solitaire on it's gable.

My architect and sailing friend, Tim Cent, bought one of these in the late 70's for about $4,000 (Tim, where are you man, we'd love to see you) .

The house on the right is "new." It's ironic that this house, as beat up as it is, has survived to be renovated rather than torn down. It must have stayed livable for most of it's 90 years.

A bit of work to do first.

Imagine sitting on the big front porch.

I'm sure Dan and crew expect surprises. I'm sure they've taken a long look as the sills.

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How good will this look? Whenever I see one of these as an art piece, I wonder about the house it came from.

The west side wall and windows are very nice.

Dan says, "The lovely faux-brick peel and stick rolls will also be removed to expose the original cedar lap siding (that looks to be in great condition courtesy of the peel and stick)."

This 360 video will shows the street:

I'll report.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. This house will be amazing after renovation...I hope there will be more pictures as it comes along. I am off to read more of your posts!

  2. That house has so much potential and should turn out to be a terrific addition to the neighborhood. But it looks to have serious issues so I hope the new owner is prepared. And I'll bet the neighbors will be thrilled to have it fixed up. I know I would be. Thanks for stopping by. Jane F.

  3. Atticmag is correct - this house has huge potential and will be interesting to follow along with the reno. Noticed the beautiful pieces and someone, at some time, cared a lot for this house.

  4. Looks like it has good bones and great potential. Can't wait to see more!

  5. It's going to be a charmer! I've always been amused by the faux brick look. Hopefully it was installed correctly and preserved the siding instead of subtracting years from its life.

  6. Hope to see it renovated! I suspect that this is earlier than 1920 given the classic Queen Anne hip and gable roof, the steepness of the roof pitch, and the tall and narrow proportions of the windows. Stylistically I would date it closer to 1900 and call it a Queen Anne cottage.


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