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Old 06-11-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Was it in good enough condition to resell? Do you have a rehab place like that around that would take it? I just hate seeing these things go into landfill....
If you set an aluminum door on the street side it would be gone in less than two hours. Someone would grab it and take it to the scrap yard. Aluminum is a good metal. They don't go to a landfill. Even if it was set out of the garbage, someone would grab it or maybe the garbage man would keep it for himself to scrap.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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There's also Construction Junction that will take a lot of things for reuse or perhaps scrap if not in reusable condition. Although I don't think many would reuse an old aluminum screen door. They have a lot of old wood entry doors though.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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Is the metal porch structure an original design to early 20th century home?

We are buying a 1926 2-story stucco twin home in Roxborough (a Philly neighborhood). The neighborhood was originally built as a working class neighborhood for mill workers. In Philly, a lot of the homes have this iron porch design, which I thought was a mid-20th century design, not 1920s. However, MOST of homes have this same porch style. A lot of the homes also have hideous plastic or aluminum awnings and siding covering up the decorative trim work. SO perhaps there was some huge surge of rehab in the mid-1900s. We also found out that home contractors would go door-to-door selling home additions. Our neighbor has an identical mudroom addition off the rear of her house. Perhaps the porch could have been renovated at the same time by these door-to-door salesmen.

Anyone know the history of these architectural elements?
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Is the metal porch structure an original design to early 20th century home?

We are buying a 1926 2-story stucco twin home in Roxborough (a Philly neighborhood). The neighborhood was originally built as a working class neighborhood for mill workers. In Philly, a lot of the homes have this iron porch design, which I thought was a mid-20th century design, not 1920s. However, MOST of homes have this same porch style. A lot of the homes also have hideous plastic or aluminum awnings and siding covering up the decorative trim work. SO perhaps there was some huge surge of rehab in the mid-1900s. We also found out that home contractors would go door-to-door selling home additions. Our neighbor has an identical mudroom addition off the rear of her house. Perhaps the porch could have been renovated at the same time by these door-to-door salesmen.

Anyone know the history of these architectural elements?

Do you have a picture of the porch? Most of those metal porch designs were popular in the 1950s-1970s. My guess is the original porch would have been wood, or wood and concrete. If you have a picture (or one of a similar metal porch), I can tell you if it's likely original to the house.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Is the metal porch structure an original design to early 20th century home?

We are buying a 1926 2-story stucco twin home in Roxborough (a Philly neighborhood). The neighborhood was originally built as a working class neighborhood for mill workers. In Philly, a lot of the homes have this iron porch design, which I thought was a mid-20th century design, not 1920s. However, MOST of homes have this same porch style. A lot of the homes also have hideous plastic or aluminum awnings and siding covering up the decorative trim work. SO perhaps there was some huge surge of rehab in the mid-1900s. We also found out that home contractors would go door-to-door selling home additions. Our neighbor has an identical mudroom addition off the rear of her house. Perhaps the porch could have been renovated at the same time by these door-to-door salesmen.

Anyone know the history of these architectural elements?
The Iron was a replacement to wood posts that could rot. Many people these days change them out for the original wood. Iron isn't as desirable from a architectural standpoint on a home build back in those days.
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