Preservation Pop Quiz

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What you see here is the interior of a a house, gutted of sheetrock and insulation (thanks, Hurricane Sandy). For orientation, the image shows a junction of two walls, where a wall from the main block of the house meets the wall of a now enclosed porch. The pop quiz question: what would you call the material in the center of the image? In other words, identify the grooved wood pieces.

9 thoughts on “Preservation Pop Quiz

  1. jane says:

    In eastern Massachusetts this is called ‘novelty siding’. It was used primarily between WWI and WWII. It is a copy of what was used on George Washington’s estates. That may explain why it became popular – Colonial Revival, with all its iterations, was The Style for housing between the Wars.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    and Jane gets the win! Great job, Jane. I’m wondering if this novelty siding remains under the current siding anywhere else. We won’t know for a while, but I’ll be sure to share anything fun.

  3. jane says:

    I uncovered it on a regular basis when I worked north of Boston. Anyplace you see a neighborhood of 1920’s houses that have been ‘updated’ you will probably find some.
    Note to Linda O’Shea: I sometimes feel I am cheating when I answer, but I like it when others answer with the right information. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one..

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