KristenS wrote:I'm also not sure how tax info would help with the build date and/or architect. I'm already 100% sure of the first owner and day they took ownership. Would the builder have been paying taxes on the house before they took possession?
melissakd wrote:Yes, the legal owner of the property would have paid taxes from the time they bought and laid out the neighborhood. If you find tax records from consecutive years, you can see when the assessed value jumped upward, indicating the house had been built.
westvillager wrote:Another place to try would be building industry trade publications. If you can find out what publications existed in your area, it would be worth trying to locate them and comb through them. In Michigan there was the "Michigan Architect & Engineer." At the end of each issue, there was a section advertising bids to contractors. The projects were listed by type (office building, school, residence, etc.) and then listed by architecture firm. There would be a little blurb about each project that was currently out for bids from each architect's office, and it gave a brief description, cost, location etc.
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