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Building architectural style as a clue to building age:
Here we provide a photo guide to determining the age of a residential or light commercial building by examination of the architectural style of construction or the building materials and components that were used in the structure.
Here we list some helpful clues to answer the question "how old is the house?" and we provide photographs of key visual clues useful for determining the age of a building.
For more details about identifying and dating building or building component see the building component or construction method article links listed at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article
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The age of a building can be determined quite accurately by documentation, but when documents are not readily available, visual clues such as those available during a professional home inspection can still determine when a house was built by examining its components, building materials, even nails, fasteners, and types of saw cuts on lumber.
Our page top photo shows a Mid-Victorian multi-floor structure built in Hudson, NY, USA ca 1874. The entire building exterior facade is made of cast iron, including the window parapets and sills and the faux stone exterior walls and corner quoins.
While building architectural styles such as "Victorian" continue to be built into the present, the combination of a recognizable architectural style with an inspection of the building materials which have been used provide considerable information about the age of a home as well as its history of changes and additions.
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For detailed guides to identifying building architectural styles and building roof, dormer, window, and other component styles see
American Colonial Architecture ca 1774
The home shown below is the Suffolk Resolves house in Randolph, MA, USA, a historic house built ca 1774.
Photograph of Gothic Revival Style Architecture ca 1840
This is the Justin Morrill Smith homestead in Strafford, VT, USA.
You can see window hardware from this home at WINDOWS & DOORS, Age, Types.
Photographic Example of Early Victorian Style Architecture ca 1850
This frame building in Hudson New York is dated ca 1850.
We are not sure why "Victorian" is applied to this home based on its exterior, other than the window type and size and entry door design.
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