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Reconstruction after fire, Evanston, 2002

A devastating fire in this 1895 Queen Anne house caused extensive damage and required a good deal of detective work and careful restoration to return it to its former glory. There were no surviving drawings of the original house, so the restoration involved poring over old photographs and carefully measuring the charred fragments of rafters and moldings. From pieces of siding and shingles that survived the fire, the original paint and stain colors were determined, and the exterior was faithfully restored with the original materials and colors. In addition, weaknesses in the original construction, such as insufficient structural support for the turret, were put right.

See further pictures of this project under Kitchens and Before/After