Wednesday, March 16, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 144: The Carringer Home in 1926

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph from the Seaver//Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This photograph is of the Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer home that was moved in 1926 from 2105 30th Street (the northeast corner of 30th and Hawthorn Streets) to the middle of the block on the east side of 30th Street midway between Hawthorn and Ivy Streets.  The house, as it looked in 1925, is shown in (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 143: The Carringer Home in 1925.  Another view of the house soon after it was built in about 1895 is in (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 140: The 30th Street House.
Another post that shows the two houses are in The house I grew up in.

Comparing the photographs shows many differences between the two buildings shown in the photographs.  From what I can tell, the changes made to the house included: 

*  The house front porch was modified so that it faced only south and became an alcove, and a living room and den were added on the west side (essentially where the west porch was).  The lower flat became 2115 30th Street.
*  A separate second story flat was created by adding to the existing rooms, eliminating the inside staircase, and building two staircases on the north side for the front entry and the kitchen exit, resulting in 2119 30th Street.
*  The structure was then stuccoed over, and the roof was flattened, so that the original frame of the house could not be discerned.

These changes must have taken place over an extended time period.  The family would have moved their belongings to another place (perhaps to the new two-story apartment built on the same block on Fern Street?), then prepared the new site for the house on 30th Street, prepared and moved the house (how? on a truck? on rollers? I doubt that they took it apart and rebuilt it), remodeled the house, and moved back in.  I wonder how long it took, and who did the work? 

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