Front corner of house on Michael Korns, Sr. family farm

Front corner of house on Michael Korns, Sr. family farm

This 1999 photograph shows the attachment points for the roof and ceiling of the full length porch on the front of the old farmhouse on the historic Michael Korns, Sr. Somerset County, PA family farm. Note the notches in the siding for the roof and ceiling joists. Also note that there are three different types of siding on the front of the house. Another photo shows that the siding below the roof area of the porch is tongue and groove siding, attached with post-circa-1883 wire nails. The region between the where the roof and ceiling of the porch was is wide, non-overlapping boards (this region would not have been readily accessible if the porch was already in place when the house was resided). The region above the roof of the porch is different than the first story tongue and groove siding, and is lapped siding, possibly like that which is on the rear of the house.

For a close-up photo that shows that the siding above the porch was lapped siding, click here and look at the shadows that prove the overlap. For a close-up photo that shows that the wide siding at porch roof level was not overlapped or tongue and groove, click here.

Since there are three different types of siding on the front of the house, one in an area that would have been difficult to replace because of the porch roof and therefore may be original or at least original to when the porch was installed, one might surmise that the house has been sided at least three times.

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