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Handyman's Special: 1936

Handyman's Special: 1936

February 1936. "Shabby housing near Bound Brook, New Jersey." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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The Gothic-arched minature door by the front door

That little gothic-arched door and frame resting against the wall next to the front door may be a cast-iron coal-burning fireplace front.

There was a time when fireplaces, as opposed to stoves, for coal were built around a cast-iron insert with a door. There were grates inside for the coal fire.

Didn't I see this place....

in "Mr. Smith Builds his Dream House"????

[Or in "Mr. Blandings goes to Washington," perhaps. -tterrace]

Still Proud

Unmaintained, but this old girl was built with pride and was probably the talk of the town when built. Great trim detail, the roof line we see is still unwavering.

I doubt todays chipboard McMansions will fare as well left unattended.

You Can't Judge a Book By It's Cover

The exterior is shabby and in dire need of repair, but my guess is the interior is clean and tidy. Look at the clean, ironed curtains in the windows. The shades are clean too. The shades and curtains are hung straight. Somebody is working to keep it up on the inside.

For The Growing Family

It appears someone removed the upstairs shutters for the latest update and aluminum siding. With the window curtains and rods already there, a cuboard stocked with cans of beans, and a really nice porch swing this could be a good buy.
A shovel and rake are handy for cleaning up the yard.
The good part is there are no HOA rules in this location and the nearest neighbor is a mile away.


Were these houses ever painted?

NEW TO MARKET! 4BR, 2.5 BA Bound Brook fixer-upper $179,900

BOUND BROOK - This charming, century-old home is looking for the perfect buyers who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.

This home with great bones has four bedrooms, one full bath upstairs, a master bedroom ensuite bath and walk-in closet, and a downstairs powder room, large eat-in kitchen, fireplaced living room and formal dining area. The basement is unfinished, and has lots of family room / man cave potential!

Exterior features include period details and trim, wood windows with shutters, gorgeous double front doors, a large covered porch and trellised sun deck. Big yard with lots of landscape opportunities!

Bring your open mind and your tool belt and have a painting party! Home will be sold as-is, no home warranty. Contact Shorpy Real Estate for details, ask for Mr. Higginbotham!

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