Perplexed

This house has been photographed and featured on several abandoned or neglected sites on Facebook but I can’t find any information about it.   I’ve done several searches on the internet, even purchasing a book about old architecture in Warren County, Kentucky but no luck. It certainly is an interesting structure in that it has two additions, one on the side and one in back. The style would be referred to as vernacular or folk architecture. Normally, most old houses have an addition on back, referred to as an ell. The right side is probably the oldest and I don’t say that because of its simpler style. Even though the porch is gone now, it would have been added after the addition in order to be more symmetrical. The double portico houses were popular in Kentucky and Tennessee throughout the 19th century. In some cases, the original structure would start out as a log cabin. As the family would become more prosperous, they would add weather board/clapboard and then build additions. With this house, there is no log so it is wood-framed with lathe, as you can see in one of the photos below. Most of the windows are original, 9 over 6, which are normally found in early 19th century structures.

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