When NINA acquired the house in 2013, its facade was clad in asbestos and asphalt shingles, neither of which were original to the house, and the rear porch had been updated with modern materials. The house had last been operated as an illegal two-family house, and as a consequence the second floor in particular had been substantially altered, including the conversion of a bedroom to a kitchen.
NINA restored the house to its original single-family footprint and sold it to an owner-occupant. Rehabilitation work included the removal of the existing modern shingles, restoration of the front and rear porches, and repair of the ornamental woodwork in the gables. Interior work included a new kitchen, new bathrooms, and new energy-efficient mechanical systems. Important architectural elements were retained or rebuilt throughout the house.
This house is next door to NINA's home at 51 Ashley Street -- in the picture to the right, you can see 51 Ashley to the left of the photo, with the painting of the porch underway -- and we did this homes together to make the rehabilitation of both houses much more efficient and cost-effective. These two homes represent the last of the blight on Ashley Street between Huntington Street and Garden Street, and their completion signals the end of our 10-year effort to remediate the blight here.
The real kitchen deserves a special mention, because it turned out particularly well. Slide the bar to see the transformation of the kitchen.