The previous owner had a strong sentimental attachment to the house and hesitated before selling it to us. After we assured him we would restore it to its former glory, he relented -- and he was quite happy with the result.
Below are some photos of what the house looked like inside -- we've done our best to select photos that match with the interior shots above, but it was a little difficult to replicate exactly. The views inside have changed substantially because we removed false walls and other blockades that had been installed to sub-divide the house.
A tale of two exteriors11/4/2013
We’re still puzzling over these very different houses. As we’ve mentioned previously, we know 51 Ashley was part of an set of 6 houses with alternating designs built by Frederick Mahl in the 1890s, but we don’t have any information on who built 55 Ashley or when, exactly. It does mark the switch to wood from brick on the south side of the street, and in that regard
Exterior Work at 51 Ashley10/02/2013
Just love the way brick looks in good, strong sunlight! Repairs are underway to the mortar, and we’re also starting to remove the door on the side that should be – and will be again! – a window. As with the shingles next door at 55 Ashley, we’re saving as much of the original wood on the porch here as we can, but for now we have to restore the porch to struct