Replacing missing elements of the house which
nobody is sure to remember is quite a challenge, especially
with a house of little photographic documentation. With the
front porch partially intact, it was possible to replicate its
missing floor and front with several clues. First, ghost outlines
where there was no paint showed where the three original porch
front columns were, and confirmed they had ornamental brackets
like those of the back. A historic photo, though at a distance,
confirmed that the front columns matched the back in design.
Piled up scrap lumber inside a front room revealed the porch
floor boards never actually left, which while themselves no
longer usable provided a guide to replicating the new boards
necessary. Finally, remaining length beams showed which way
the porch support structure was oriented, and brick anchors
were still visible in the ground where its anchor supports were.