Researching what your old house looked like
I don't know that I've ever seen this information posted here and while replying to someones question thought I should just post this for everyone. If you'd like to see what your town looked like in 1910, etc. or your home in 1919...check out the Sanborn Maps (usually available through your state library sites online). Sanborn maps were done all over the US for fire insurance purposes. Someone actually went from home to home minimally surveying the structures and streets. They outline the town, the buildings, streets, etc. along with your home, including what its made of, its size and shape, etc. I've attached a simple one of my home a 1913 American Foursquare in Texas. D=dwelling, x=shingle roof, yellow = frame structure, 1-2=stories and the legend is extensive depending on structure. So this shows that our home has not changed other than the out building (now has detached garage). Dashed lines indicate open walls porch across the full front (1 story) and a 2 story porch on the back.