Historical accuracy of railings on our porch?
As we gear up to paint and repair the porch, we are thinking about taking the railings off our porch. My husband prefers the look of it, for me, it's hard to take away any historically accurate elements. He thinks they were a later add-on, which might be the case. All of the homes on our block are different, some have railings some don't. Our house is in the northeast and was built in 1898.
Some of the pro-taking out railing arguments: We will probably need to replace quite a bit of the railing, it's not all in good shape. Also, I'd like a porch swing and if we have no railings it can be positioned in a better way.
Pro-keeping the railing arguments: The practical ideas of keeping people from falling of the porch and a bit more privacy. Even if it's not authentic, it's quite old.
I like the looks of both.
Any ideas if the railing is authentic? A quick note- we're going out of town for the 4th so I'll check back in after the weekend. Thank you!