Our house was built in 1905. The Shenks bought it around 1950. I bought I bought it from David Shenk in 1987. While the house was on the market, the owner had the roof replaced, using cedar shingles, as the house originally had. With very minor exceptions, the house had never been renovated or updated, and that was exactly what I was looking for. We have tried to renovate the house to what it would have been like in 1905, as much as possible. The benefits of landmark designation have been very helpful for that approach.
1. Front Porch
The front porch, concrete floor with brick half-walls, had settled unevenly, and the floor had a big crack in it. In 1996, we had the porch rebuilt. We received a $5000 zero-interest loan from the city for this work.
When we were expecting our child, we built an addition on to the house. The Landmark Preservation Commission was very helpful with high-level design assistance. We ended up building it very much as they suggested: We replaced the unheated back porch with an insulated, heated space, and used the porch to connect a frame addition, more or less a separate structure, off the south-east corner of the house.
In 2011, after a hail storm, we replaced the roof, again with cedar shingles. At the same time, we had the chimneys tuck pointed. Insurance paid for part of the roof, and the Colorado State Income Tax Credit for Historic Preservation reimbursed us 20% of the total cost.
In 2015 we had the masonry walls stabilized, rebuilt the brick arches above the windows, and had the walls tuck pointed. We also renovated the windows. The Landmark Preservation Commission urged us to rebuild the original double-hung windows, rather than replace them with modern windows. We took their advice, and received a $7500 zero-interest loan from the city for this work. We also received 20% of the cost of this work from the Colorado State Income Tax Credit for Historic Preservation. We have been completely satisfied with the results.