My wife and I purchased our old-ish house this past July and I have been trying to put a date on when it was built. It is located in the town of Longmont, Colorado which has a dedicated "Old Town" area that we are technically not a part of due to the fact that our house is half a block north of that boundary. Because of this our local historical society has no records or information about our home. Every local records search that I've done defaults to the 1946 designation.
The deed to our home has a date of 1946, however our next door neighbor, a terrific chap whose opinion I respect and trust, has lived in his house for over 25 years and knows for a fact that his house dates to the early 1900's, told me an interesting bit of trivia that is relevant to my interests. He said that all of the deeds to the homes in our area read "1946" (his included) because the records building burned down in the mid-forties and when they re-built and re-issued new deeds everyone got the year 1946.
Additionally, several architectural features of my home harken back to a time earlier than the 1940's. I'll tell you a little bit about some of those things and I've also created a photo album that, I hope, will help to date this house. It is my guess that it was built sometime in the 1920's, but I really don't know.
The walls are lathe & plaster, the siding on the outside of the house is wood. There is a coal chute in the basement, as well as a root cellar under the stairs. The area where the walls meet the ceiling are arched, as are the passageways between rooms upstairs.
Please let me know if there are more details that I might be able to provide to shed some light on this mystery. I would be happy to answer any questions that anyone might have. Thank you in advance for your help!
PHOTO ALBUM ONEhttp://imgur.com/a/zo9Qg/embed#0
PHOTO ALBUM TWOhttp://imgur.com/a/7AcsE