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Large victorian three-story brick exterior home idea in Philadelphia

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vanessrose wrote:Nov 7, 2013
  • jtman9200
    What year was the home built? I like the design and would love to see a modern take on this style of home. I could see this design making a comeback with niche builders. http://westpointgardens.com/
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    The home was built in 1877 for Benjamin Biggs, Delaware's 46th Governor. It was designed with family use in the front parlors with their bedrooms upstairs. The dining room is in the center with the butler pantry, kitchen and servants areas in the rear. Friends and guests arrived in the front while service workers used the back with the barn, carriage house and privy. In the 1970s, a large family room addition joined the front and back of this house and made for a more modern flow. Typically, these homes have major additions to the rear, enlarging the kitchen and adding more energy efficient family living as well. The owner now arrives to the garage, entering the kitchen instead of a servant opening the front door for them, The front remains a most luxurious showpiece when entertaining.
wernard wrote:Dec 15, 2013
  • wernard
    Dear Jean Grain! Thank you for your prompt reply. The fact that I want to build a house and the same style, I need a project. Who could in this matter to help me. Thank for your attention.
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    If you need a project, I would recommend buying a real one and restoring it. You might have heard the expression they don't make them like they used to. You could easily spend over a million dollars reproducing a Victorian home plus the cost of the land, etc. The craftsmen that work with plaster and the old species lumber, for example, that used to be plentiful are now scarce.
    I suggest you start with The Old House Journal Compendium by Clem Labine to get a sense of the homes and their systems, etc. it might help prevent some mistakes.
Murad Tole wrote:Mar 1, 2014
how about z internal part

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    Please be more specific and I will gladly answer your question.
jalyfa wrote:Mar 11, 2015
patricia1116 wrote:Nov 7, 2015
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    It is called a Mansard roof. There is a rubber membrane roof on the very top that is not visible from street level. The molding across the top creates a drip edge. Often, iron cresting adorned this upper edge around the perimeter. The roof deck that is visible here was originally slate. Notice on this house the decking is curved inward to make an interesting concave shape at the corners. The slate often had patterns to it. Alternating 3 rows of rectangular with 3 rows of beveled shingles gives this roof more texture. Some roofs have flower patterns in them by clever use of different shapes and colors of slate shingles.

orsilirot wrote:Feb 20, 2016
This is such a homey house. Great proportion even to my untrained eye

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    This home is a classic Second Empire Victorian. The architect was probably French and trained in the classics. The Greeks knew a great deal about proportions and design. In this case, the Governor could afford to build a home of classic and generous proportions and so he did. I am sure he paid cash (no easy mortgage money then) because it was retained by his family for about 4 generations.

    You may have heard of a classic Federal style home as "5 over 4 and a door." Notice 5 wall openings on the second floor with 5 openings on the first floor. The Second Empire is unique by making the third floor windows in dormer openings in the roof. All the elements are symmetrical.

    The double door under the double windows is in the center of the first floor and framed by the center arch. Like the Greek Parthenon and our capital building, whenever you have an even number of columns, you have an odd number of openings, leading your eye to the center opening and thus to the door. In this case, 6 columns and 5 openings.

Jani wrote:Mar 20, 2016
  • babydoll6266
    What a beautiful home. I love the evening shot in the snow. Sorry I don't have any advice to give on the roof issue though.
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    We wanted to make the roof look original, but it was not cost effective to do it in slate. We replaced the mansard roof with Certain Teed Carriage House shingles. We chose a color that looked like slate, with small changes in color from greenish to reddish gray. We then banded it: 3 rows of rectangle shingles, 3 rows of beveled shingles, repeated evenly from bottom to top. That was probably the original design. You can then add more colors in patterns to create florets, dates and other designs. It requires a skilled roofing craftsman to do this and make It look right.

kitch1bath2 wrote:Sep 10, 2016
where did you find the fence/could i get one similar to it. thanks.

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    That is the original fence. It is 50 feet long and is made of about 3000 separate iron pieces. A new one would be too expensive to make and it would be illegal by today's standards. Back in the 1870s, the fence was a decorative barrier and a deterrent to jumping over it. It is about 36 inches tall and has tapered points on each vertical iron rod. It is grandfathered in because it is original to the home, but it represents a hazard to children and pets. Thus the deterrent.

    Notice there is no railing on the porch, just as it was when it was built. Back in the day, if you fell off and got hurt, it was your own fault. Today's homes are much safer because the liability for injury on the property has shifted to the homeowner.

G wrote:Sep 16, 2016
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