|HBI's Jeff Gonyeau examines the new windows at the Anna Clapp Harris Smith house|
The Clapp House lost a lot of character in the 20th century: the exterior was covered in non-descript brown shingles; the windows were replaced with smaller 20th century aluminum framed windows; a Victorian period porch was installed that subsequently fell down; and the shutters, which once protected great historic windows, disappeared. While we knew this was a restoration waiting to happen, it wasn’t always easy to convince people that it was a treasure worth spending money on.
That all changed this month. Why? One word: Windows!
Here, take a look for yourself.
|Anna Clapp Harris Smith house in the 1860s|
|Anna Clapp Harris Smith house in 2009, before HBI and North Bennet Street began work on the house|
|Anna Clapp Harris Smith house in 2011, with many of the 20th century alterations removed|