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me and my wife just bought a house we believe was built in 1878 we were wondering if anyone could tell us what it might have originally looked like i can send an email to whoever can help. we would like to restore it back to the way it was when it was first built.


Hi There,


Have you checked with your city hall?  They should have it, because most records depending on the city date back to the 1870's.  Check the city archive to get old photos, building plans and maps....  You might have already done this, but if not hope this helps...


good luck on your restoration!!! it's so much work, but it's worth it in the end..  Have fun!!!!


Best Regards,



If anyone is still interested, I have an original copy of Dixon's Book of Working Drawings.  There is no date on the title page but the book is quite old. This book is quite large. It which measures 20 3/4 " x 14" and has 147 pages of  Dixon's various house designs.  It was written by Walter W. Dixon and Wayne Tharp. 

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