One of Ogden's most endearing qualities is the sheer quantity of old Victorian houses that adorn its streets. Ogden benefited from the economic boom of the late 1800's that was mostly spurred by the railroad industry. With that boom came lots of construction.
However, despite the abundance of stately designed Victorian edifices from that era, those same buildings are missing much of their original charm and grandeur.
What's missing? Decorative and ornamental woodwork...especially on front porches.
For those of you contemplating restoring an Ogden Victorian home, I thought I would present a few examples of what a Victorian front porch is supposed to look like. Join me for a brief tour in front porch design and restoration.
Our first stop takes us to 28th Street and Adams avenue to an old 1880's farmhouse. It's now in the city but hasn't always been that way. Notice the turned columns and brackets decorating either side. A very simple design.
Next is an excellent example of how a nicely done front porch can make even the most simple home look prominent. This home is located at 322 31st Street. Most folks don't notice it because it is on a busy one way road headed into town. Take a look next time you drive by. Notice the turned colums, brackets, and top railing that decorate the home. Original top railings are hard to find intact these days but add a ton of charm to a home.
The next two homes are Italianate Victorians. The are characterized by tall vertical lines and low hipped roofs.
Each of these homes has original front porch woodwork. Very nice.
The Jefferson Ave. Historic District has many examples of finely restored front porch decoration.
Finally, here are some other examples of fine front porch and ornamental work.
CONTACT ME, and I can point you to the right resources.