How can I date my house and its architectural features?

Determining a likely date of construction for an old house usually requires both documentary and architectural research. Documentary research that you can do yourself includes reviewing deed and probate information, tax records, and local histories. Your local historical society may also have other pertinent information as well as historic photographs.

Documentary research can be quite conclusive, but in some cases physical investigation will be necessary to supplement and/or corroborate the documentary evidence. The investigation of the architectural fabric may require a more trained eye and some technical assistance from a preservation professional.

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1. What is the role of the Historic Preservation Commission members and staff?
2. What are the types of historic districts?
3. How can I find out if my property is in the historic district?
4. What does having a property in the historic district mean for me as a property owner?
5. How do I find reliable contractors to work on my historic property?
6. How can I date my house and its architectural features?
7. What is the National Register of Historic Places and how can I get my property listed on it?
8. Where can I find appropriate hardware and fixtures for my historic house?
9. What funding sources are available for historic preservation?