Restoring a Victorian Landmark in the Historic District of Rome, NY

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The Original Design

circa 1890 photo of the House that we are using as the inspiration for the porch renovation...

circa 1890 photo of the House that we are using as the inspiration for the porch renovation...

Spring 2019

This how it looked in the spring of 2009...not bad...but not at all period to the age or style of the Victorian Italianate house. WATER; the ultimate destroyer, had already begun its destruction....

This how it looked in the spring of 2009...not bad...but not at all period to the age or style of the Victorian Italianate house. WATER; the ultimate destroyer, had already begun its destruction....

Porch Reconstruction Summer 2019

ripping up the rotten floor....the first stage of the demo... The neo-classical columns were a much later addition to the house and were removed to be replaced with square Victorian facsimiles of the originals...

ripping up the rotten floor....the first stage of the demo... The neo-classical columns were a much later addition to the house and were removed to be replaced with square Victorian facsimiles of the originals...

Three of the columns were in fair enough condition to find new homes in the garden. The vintage hanging lantern we installed in 2008 replacing a modern "bathroom fixture" will be re-hung when construction is completed...

Three of the columns were in fair enough condition to find new homes in the garden. The vintage hanging lantern we installed in 2008 replacing a modern "bathroom fixture" will be re-hung when construction is completed...

Laying the new floor...

Laying the new floor...

Fortunately, the structure of the roof was sound, only the soffits had rotted away...The upper roof has been repaired and new corbels are being fabricated to replace the two damaged ones...

Fortunately, the structure of the roof was sound, only the soffits had rotted away...The upper roof has been repaired and new corbels are being fabricated to replace the two damaged ones...

Structural work to repair the rotted soffits...and the "guts" of the new columns that will be encased in "Victorian dressing"...

Structural work to repair the rotted soffits...and the "guts" of the new columns that will be encased in "Victorian dressing"...

Extending the overhang of the porch roof...

Extending the overhang of the porch roof...

And once the porch has been completed the front garden will receive a major re-designing as well...Our sign that has been raised up about 30" will be lit for better viewing at night..

And once the porch has been completed the front garden will receive a major re-designing as well...Our sign that has been raised up about 30" will be lit for better viewing at night..

Detailing on the new square columns

The detailing on the new square columns begins to give an idea of how the finished effect will completely change the look and period feel on the house in general...

The detailing on the new square columns begins to give an idea of how the finished effect will completely change the look and period feel on the house in general...

Once the porch railings are added and all the period trimmings are in place...then we paint!

Once the porch railings are added and all the period trimmings are in place...then we paint!