Dating historic houses
It had several twentieth-century additions of uncertain structural quality, however, and the early frame had suffered a considerable amount of deterioration through years of neglect.
Much structural work was necessary during the restoration, as well as the fitting of the interior with appropriate trim and detail.
After the Revolution, design elements of the Federal style (roughly 1780 to 1812) began to be incorporated into interiors, and straight-run stairs with light, delicate balusters and handrails were an important part of this style.
The doorway of the house, with its fanlight window, is also in the Federal style.
Research originally dated this house to 1815, with Edward Gladding listed as the owner.
Later information, however, indicates that the house existed earlier than originally believed and that it was owned by Anne Webber in 1794.
This latter building appeared to have been built in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century and had essentially been abandoned for a number of years.
The existing doorway was found in the basement of the house, a fact that does not necessarily mean it was ever on the house in period.Adding to the debate over the exact date of the house is the existence of a bake oven in the rear wall of the large kitchen fireplace (located in the original south chimney).Generally, bake ovens located in the rear walls of fireplaces were built prior to the mid-1770s.The stairway is a straight run, rather than turned, a design element that may be a confirmation of a later date.Earlier houses of the Georgian period (1740 to 1770) favored turned stair runs with landings at each level.
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During the restoration, interior woodwork was brought in from NRF's inventory or reproduced using known examples.