This is a photo of our house taken in 1968 and before the pea-soup-green wide planked aluminum siding was put up sometime in the 70's. The house looks so much prettier in this photo... One day we hope to get it back to looking like this!

Here's a more recent, though still not up-to-date, photo of our house (taken prior to the removal of the porch windows. I'm sure you can tell the difference from 2004 as compared to 1968!

And here is a photo taken when the first of the 4 window areas of the front porch was removed--July 9, 2004! Progress!!! We can't believe how much better it looks with even just that one section removed.. Now if we could get rid of the aluminum siding.............

This photo is of the beautiful stained glass we have in our living room area. When we first moved in we didn't know it was there because there was this huge pinch-pleat drapery covering the entire width of that wall.. Of course we took that drapery down to expose the beautiful oak woodwork around the window and that stained glass too!

UPDATE 7/13/04--PROGRESS!! This next picture if of our house with 3 of the 5 portions of the front porch windows removed. You really have to see it in person but the difference in the unenclosed portion compared to the enclosed is striking..

UPDATE 6/2/2005

The removal of the porch windows was completed late July 2004 and has made a big difference! The porch looks bigger and we actually use it-before it would get too stuffy even when temps were in the 50's. When it got much below 40 or so, it would be too cold..

We feel our house was built sometime around 1913 based on the abstracts of the house we received at closing.. According to these abstracts, the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marsh, took out a mortgage in July 1913 and the mortgage was satisfied in July 1917... We were told the house was built in 1917 but feel it was much sooner than that. Mr. Marsh was a somewhat well-known person in Minot in those early days. He and Mrs. Marsh (Katherine) met and married while living in Iowa and moved up to Minot eventually. He owned a restaurant, a coffee-shop type place, and was well-known for his sandwiches, good coffee and pies. People here called him "Dad Marsh"... In November 1918, while working at his restaurant, he died of a heart attack and Mrs. Marsh followed him in March 1919--the cemetary records indicate the cause of death was "sarcoma" (she actually passed away in the house). Our oldest daughter and I found out all this information due to the abstracts we received on the house at closing--we used this info to research microfilm at the public library.

We'd like to find out more about the Marsh's--we did locate both Elmer's and Katherine's gravesites at RoseHill Cemetery here in town. The Marsh's had 3 grown sons--2 were in Europe due to WWI and one was living in Montana. After Mrs. Marsh's passing in 1919, the house was apparently rented out for awhile before being sold in 1920 to the Funke family. Mr. Funke was a prominent attorney in town. The owner after the Funke's was the vice-president of Standard Oil. So we think it's pretty neat we had 3 well-to-do owners.. Mr. Marsh's obituary in a November 1918 issues of the Minot Daily News stated he "erected a magnificent house on the north side of town." We used to laugh as we don't think of our house as anywhere near "magnificent", to us it's just an average middle-class house. But a local realtor reminded us that, for its time (1913 or thereabouts) it was magnificent as most homes were not that large. We have nearly 2000 s.f. on the main floors and the house had 4 original bedrooms (we have 6 now as prior owners made 2 attic storage areas into bedrooms).

In this photo you can see the white "brackets" which are all along the edges of the roof and overhangs--we no longer have those since the siding was put up. While not clearly evident in the photo, the railing along the balcony on the upper story is quite ornate and we no longer have that either.

Here are some shots of our front porch, minus those windows we took out last summer. You can see the porch itself was painted, in years gone by, an exciting shade of battleship gray and someone tried to stencil "rugs" on either side and in the entry. They used shades of rusty red and deep leaf green... Our goal is to one day get rid of that, as we have the original wood underneath.

Also, in the second photo, you can see where we have original dentil molding on the back half of the porch pillars and you can see where it's half stucco and half aluminum siding, in that "wonderful" shade of pea green..... One day we'll get rid of that, too, but, alas, another project for another time...

Another neat thing about our porch pillars is that, once each winter and each summer, we have common ordinary house sparrows who come build a nest in the pillar to the immediate left of the steps (as you face the street). We've had sparrows doing this every year since we've lived here. It's so neat to hear the newly-hatched babies chirping away and we look forward to these times.

The following pictures are close-ups of the aluminum siding and stucco and which we will replace one day. I have also included a picture, taken from the inside of our add-on garage (which we believe was added in the 1950's perhaps), which shows the original clapboard siding.

This picture is taken from the back-side of one of the four front porch pillars.

Here's a shot from the front of the porch--this is a portion of the window from the entryway/sitting room area. You can see a bit of the original clapboard underneath--whoever sided the house didn't go all the way to the left.

This is a close up of what they did around the window--that metal stripping (at least to me) really takes away from the beauty of this window.

Now here's the picture taken from inside the add-on garage, which lets you see the original white clapboard siding covered up by that awful aluminum and stucco.

Here is a view of the left side of the porch--note the not-so-lovely contrasting shades of pea and avocado green aluminium siding combined with the look of metal stripping and stucco. This stuff has got to go!

This final photo is taken from the inside of the house looking out the upstairs hallway back window. A portion of the aluminum has fallen off (hey, at least it's a start in getting rid of this stuff) and you can see where they apparently sawed off those beautiful pointed wood pieces which stuck out all around the edges of the roof and overhang. I am sure there is a proper name for those decorative wood pieces, but I don't know what it is!

If you look at the very first photo on this page--the house as it was in 1968--you can still see these. By the way, that 1968 photo shows the house looking dark-it was not, it was white. The prior occupants, who gave us a copy of the photo, said it was just the shadow when they took the picture.

Favorite Old House Links

American Bungalow --great resource for those of us who own Craftsman-type homes..

Old House Journal magazine --my favorite old house magazine!!

Researching the History of Your House--from the Kansas City Public Library. Lots of good info to get you started....

Historic Homes email group--this is a fabulous resource for old house owners to get advice and learn from other old house owners. I really enjoy being a part of this group! I know if there's a question I have someone will have an answer.

Here is a link to some pictures taken in our backyard of what we think used to be a water pump from a well. Still not quite sure.

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