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June 17 020July 31 022Various styles of century homes are located on the residential streets in the downtown core of our region. One very common style of home is a solid brick, detached 1 ½ or 2 ½ storey, usually with a front porch extending along the width of the house. Although there doesn’t seem to be an actual name for this style, it is commonly referred to as “German Vernacular” or “Berlin Vernacular”.
These front gabled houses, usually red or buff brick, were being constructed in the early 1900’s which continued for several decades. Usually quite plain, some did have decorative features such as stained glass windows and architectural detail in the gables. Constructed for “workers”, the architecture was based on local needs and construction materials.
Enter this style of home and you will mostly likely find 9’ (or higher) ceilings on the main floor, beautiful wooden staircases and floors, transoms above bedroom windows, pocket doors, sloped ceilings in the bedrooms and attics that have been transformed to additional living space.