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Queen Anne Wrap-Around Porch, Balcony, and Gables

*Heritage Award Winner*

This 3-story Queen Anne was built in 1901 by James P. Kerr (1834-1918), a local mason and brickyard owner. It is listed as one of Urbana’s 100 Most Significant Buildings and received a Preservation and Conservation (PACA) Heritage Award in 2018. Unlike most Queen Annes, it’s constructed of brick.  It features “lattice” style open brickwork between the masonry porch piers, decorative brickwork below the pent roofs, and beautiful rough-hewn limestone window sills. The most intricate and architecturally prominent features of the house are the decorative shingled gables and the wrap-round porch with a 2nd story covered walk-out balcony.

The porch, balcony, and gables were all in bad shape. The rotted porch roof had plants growing out of it. After shoring up the gable that covered the balcony, we removed the balcony and the porch roof and rebuilt them, giving the porch a new beadboard ceiling.

The latticework between the porch piers was deconstructed and the bricks salvaged. After footers were dug under the lattice work, it was rebuilt with the salvaged bricks. The limestone caps on the brick column bases were removed, and additional courses of brick were added to each column. After the limestone caps were reinstalled, new wooden porch posts and railings were added to return the porch to its original configuration. Copper gutters and downspouts were  installed by our subcontractors, White Roofing and Contracting. 

The 3rd floor trim was repaired or replaced and decorative cedar shakes were installed. The original window sashes were reconstructed using cypress, and the unbroken panes of original glass were salvaged and reinstalled.

The homeowners plan to eventually install wrought-iron hand railings.

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