We have been so lucky to have gotten to visit with the previous owners of our home on several occassions. They are the sweetest couple who lived in the house for 35 years. (We are only the fourth owners of this house in its 80+ years. We always joke that there is a 30 year minimum on living in the house since owners number 2 also lived there for 30+ years.) I know that to them this house was truly loved. I think that they were probably as saddened by a fire here as much as we were. This past week we had a chance to visit with them again. They were so kind to share some photos of the house with us from 1969, when they bought the house.
I was really excited to see these because it answered some questions about the original style of the house.
Firstly, you can see that there used to be a back porch off of the kitchen. It had been closed in and added to the interior kitchen space. It is what I suspected after seeing the kitchen gutted. We also know now that there had been a walk in pantry.
There was originally only one door where we now have the two side by side doors on the back of the house. This second door was added for ease of moving things into the basement.
We see that the siding did not flare out at the bottom like I thought it might have from the photo of the house I found with similar original siding.
The dormers were originally sided in shingles and not siding.
The original windows had divided upper panes.
In 1969 the house was all white with dark green trim. The porch ceiling had a dark stained finish.