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10:39AM | 08/27/04
Member Since: 08/26/04
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I have looked all over on the web for help with restoration on our 1916 colonial home. The house now is so boring with its siding and boxed in front porch. We want to return the front of the house to its original look.. but cannot find any pics anywhere to get ideas. If anyone can recommend where I can look.. I would really appreciate it!


08:10AM | 08/31/04
Member Since: 08/30/04
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I'm trying to buy a 100 year old Victorian and I contacted my local library and below is the reply that I got from them. You can find other who lived in the house and maybe they would have pics. You never know. Hope this helps.

There are several sources that we own depending on exactly what you are looking for. Here are some examples.

1) William's Cincinnati Directory. We have a full set of these dating back to the early 1800's, but in 1922 they began to list entries by street address, allowing ou to see who lives at a particular address.

2) Census Records. We have a full set of census records, which were taken every 10 years beginning in 1790. Due to privacy laws those after 1930 are unavailable. You may use these records to determine the occupation, and names and ages of other residents of the home.

3) We have a resource titled Cincinnati Historic Inventory which produced by the city planning commission in 1978. It provides a brief description, category/ranking, address, and mapped location. Often times there are little bits of relevant history as well.

4) Local History Index. This is a card catalog system developed many years ago to index our older history books that did not possess indexes. There is a significant section on historic houses/homes.

5) Sanborn Insurance Maps. These maps were created by a fire insurance company and detail the material of a building (ie brick or wood) and address.

I would also suggest visiting the County Recorder's Office where they have deeds from 1789 to present. This can be a lengthy process and is not recommended for the casual researcher.

I hope this gives you an idea of the type of information we can provide.

History & Genealogy dept, srk

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County



05:12PM | 10/16/04
Member Since: 04/10/03
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I have a home similar in age to yours and I frequent 2 websites specifically geared to old homes. They even have bulletin boards like this one. They are and

What style is your house? Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, late victorian? Once you determine the style of home you have, that will help you to decide how to restore/remodel it.

Good luck!


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