How can I tell what style my house is? There's a discrepancy as to what year it was built. One sources says

Asked by Matt, Finn Wed Oct 31, 2007

1920 and another says 1940. How can I find out for sure. Town records don't go back that far.


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ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Wed Oct 31, 2007
Send me a pic, and I will tell you what style
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Matt, Home Buyer, Finn
Thu Nov 1, 2007
Thank you all for your suggestions...I'll research further.
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2007
In title records, which are based on building permits, it is common to have two dates.
The first date is the date that the original home was built. A nice way, if the toilet is original, is to look at the date inside the toilet water tank.
The second date is called the "effective date", usually after an extensive remodel that changes the square footage of the living area.

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Mike Kelly A…, Agent, Santa Rosa, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2007
If you have not remodeled the entire home or have an older "basement bathroom", look under the water tank lid on your toilet. The older homes had the date of the toilet cast into the lid.
Can't your title company do a title search on the propety? We have records which go back to the early "rancho" days here in Sonoma County which was the era before the gold rush or pre-1849.
You may wish to check with some of the older, established companies in the fields of surveying, builders, and other "sub-contractors'. The local builder's exchange might hold some information and many areas have local "history clubs" which know much about specific neighborhoods in your area.
Also, check the local newspapers "morgue" which conains all their past issues. You could possibly go back and find the original subdivision when it was being marketed!! As far as the style is concerned, did you have an appraisal recently?? The appraisers usually list the "style" on the form. If your in the midwest you could have any type of style ranging from Tudor to "Prairie" styles.
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Jolie Muss, , Upper West Side, New York, NY
Wed Oct 31, 2007
There is a very good reference book: American Shelter: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Home, by Lester Walker
Hope this helps..
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