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I just followed a link to this board. Hi, all.

DH and I just bought an 1874 Victorian that was converted to a two-family. It's a combination Italiante with Greek Revival influences. I would like to restore it to its original glory, a process I know is going to take years. Right now we can't afford to take over the whole house -- we need the rent to make the mortgage -- but I'm already looking for information on how to start working with what we have.

The house needs a lot of work. The former owners let it go badly, which is why we were able to afford it in the first place. One major plus of the nelect is that a lot of the original details are still in place.

I have a few questions:

1. Where would I look for original blueprints? I know the house was built in 1874. Everything from the kitchen back is an addition, but I'm judging from the style and details that it was added on between 1890-1900. I believe the house was converted to a two-family sometime around World War II. There are walls and doors I know wouldn't be there in the original structure.

2. What is a good source for historical colors, interior and exterior? The former owners sponge painted the hallway Barbie pink, way too girlie for my taste. The exterior is green, dark green and black, very Addams Family. I'd like to do a Painted Lady color palate to highlight all the cool brackets and scrollwork.

3. There is wallpaper on all the ceilings. Would the ceilings originally been tin or were the former owners just terminally tasteless?

4. In the basement is a little room about 6x6 with a floor to ceiling paned window looking in, a small window high in the wall looking out and a padlocked door. Anybody have any idea what this was for? I'm thinking it's where they kept the crazy uncle. DH thinks it might be a wine cellar.

If anyone has any information, or if you've put yourself through a whole house restoration, I will be eternally grateful for any nuggets of wisdom.

Uhura :o)
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