Matching Porch Styles Around Town

As I’ve driven around over the past few weeks I find myself paying less attention to landmarks and more to the architectural details of the homes I pass, specifically porches.  Every so often my eye catches some familiar lattice work and I conduct a sudden turn at the nearest intersection to go around the block for a second look, most often resulting in a super-stealth photo session.  I revisited many of these sites again and again, and have compared their details to that of the three porches existing on 811, 813 and 817 South Cathedral Place.  I believe their manufacturer to be the match of possibly two other sites.  The other porches I have come across exhibit variants in detail that make me believe they are from other manufacturers.  However, uncovering the manufacturer of at least our row has yet to materialize.   Continue reading “Matching Porch Styles Around Town”

The Basics

This is the very basic foundation of details known to me at this point on this handsome row of buildings.  They were constructed in 1889 and developed by prominent area resident, John C. Shafer, a close friend of Lewis Ginter.  They are modeled in the Second Empire style with striking mansard roofs.  In the 20th … Continue reading The Basics