Small Working Class House Renovations, part 1

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The three images you see here show a small vernacular “working class” house undergoing renovations on Ella Street.  There are many houses like this one in the Glebe, built quickly in the 1890s and early 1900s by those in working class professions, such as carpenters, masons, or clerks.  Recently, these houses are being demolished in favour of newer, much larger ones…but in the case of the one on Ella Street, the owners decided to undertake a large renovation job at the same time as constructing an addition to the back of the house.

Here is what the house looked like in its early phases of renovation in 2011…notice how the wood frame construction has been covered over the past century with many different layers of siding, which are in this case being peeled away.  New windows are being added as well.  These small houses were affordable and versatile a century ago, as they remain today in comparison to many other houses in the neighbourhood.

Posts in the coming days will show more of the progress of this renovation, which is almost complete.

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