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    What year was it built?



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    Late 1930's... 1939?

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    I was leery of a possible trick, but after looking at the image, I would guess this is an actual structure from about 1922. I guess that because the window muntins are not sandwiched like cheap modern windows, the box gutters, which no one uses today, and the narrow wood weatherboards.

    This is the point where RJ chuckles and announces it was built last year ...
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    1911.

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    Early 1920s.

    I will guess 1923.
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    1918, porch obviously enclosed at a later date.

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    The architectural style is so generic and simple that it could have been built any time between 1870s and 1930s.

    But there are a few clues for dating the house.

    1. The windows are the common Victorian two panes above two panes where the mullions forms a cross.The upstairs windows are obviously noticeable but I squinted through the screen porch and noticed that the downstairs windows are also of the two panes above two panes.

    That indicates the house was built no later than WWI. By the late teens other window styles were fashionable and the old two over two was considered old fashioned. A house of this type built after 1910 would have had the six pane above one pane window, and by the mid-twenties that gave way to the now common six above six "georgian" window that's prevalent to this day.

    2. Squinting through the screen porch once more it looks like there's a front door that has the common Victorian narrow side windows on both side of the door (possibly even above it as well). I forget the term but it's not a fanlight although similar. That's another clue which pushes the house's date earlier into the 19th century.

    But I'm inclined to think that it's a new build in an "old" style. Why? The location of the house is somewhere in Florida or the coastal deep south. Damp. Humid. Moisty ground. Most older houses of some substance would have sat higher off the ground (no basement, mind you) to prevent the damp from rising into the house. The house in the picture sits too snugly into the ground and looks like it has a solid foundation. So, a new house?

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    I am going to say 1935. PennPlanner makes some good points about the windows, but there is always the possibility of a builder desiring an older look. I would expect a hip roof or a different style dormer on a pre-1910 home. But I am really just blowin' smoke. Initial instinct was the 1920s.
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    2010, built to look retro
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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    2010, built to look retro
    Could be right. Masonry (sidewalk & chimney) look like new work.
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    I am fairly certain I know this, but will wait to see what others post.

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    Before or after 1955
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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    2010, built to look retro
    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Could be right. Masonry (sidewalk & chimney) look like new work.
    That was my guess too - the chimney looks entirely too small and narrow to be from something in the 1920s or earlier (or at least compared to what I am used to seeing). I'll say 2009 just to be different.
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    Hah!

    I was almost right. My guess that it could have been built in the 19th century was on target.

    But too bad I chickened out and voted for new build.

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    Thanks for sharing RJ! The date surprised me and the house is beautiful!

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    D'oh!

    I should have known that. I was just in Naples in February at my in-laws house about 4 blocks from that place and made my wife and daughter stop to read the sign every single time we walked past.
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    Quote Originally posted by rcgplanner View post
    Thanks for sharing RJ! The date surprised me and the house is beautiful!
    Yeah it is. I was thinking that this may have been part of the Ford-Edison compound you had posted about earlier. Disappointed that I am wrong, but glad that more examples from this area exist in FL.

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    I was thinking 19-teens but I'm surprised it's even earlier, especially since I knew it had to be in Florida. Either they've kept it up really nice over the years or they did an excellent restoration job!
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    I think it's one of those Disney facades. It's really masking a warehouse full of craptacular souvenirs.
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