uncovering mysteries

The neighborhood I live in once bordered farmland.

Some of the houses around still bear witness to that era.

They are old Western style cottages, mostly having two stories and a sharply angled roof.

I pass this particular house pretty much every other day, walking my dog. Sitting on one of those huge city lots, it was barely visible from the street, shrubs  had overgrown the sidewalks and ivy climbed the walls of the house.

They had three VERY noisy dogs in the yard and a bunch of children.

Then they moved and what I saw was this:

A while later that:

Intrigued by curiosity, I snooped around and took pictures. You can tell so much by closely looking how the house changed over time.

At one time, the house was painted white. They put up tar paper to insulate it. The roof spills straw, also for insulation.

You can still see the original roofline, then they added that piece to the left; the foundation is different.

Here you can see the original siding and the outline of the (now) missing awning.

I love it. I wonder what is next.

Maybe I should become home inspector.

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