Around the Roff Home
The west side of the home, shaded by several old-growth oak trees, provides a stately view of the home. This side of the home has been less affected by additions and renovations over the years, and retains the grandeur of the home's original design.
The east side of the home shows a certain symmetry, except that this symmetry is interrupted by the east garage and the pair of Italianate windows that hang together on the first floor at the front of the home. Both the east garage and the double windows are the result of work done on the home in 1940.
In general, the rear of the home suffers from additions and that functionality on the inside but destroyed symmetry on the outside. The awkwardness of these renovations have only worsened as the home has deteriorated.
The large picture window is an addition dating to the summer of 1941. It offers a spectacular view from the inside, but creates an awkward division of the home from the outside. Fortunately, we have a picture of the rear of the home before the large picture window was installed (see picture below).
The summer kitchen and second-floor bathroom that border the patio brought needed facilities into the home, but ruined symmetry and divided a window on the second floor. We believe that the mudroom was added in the late 1800s and that the bathroom above it was added in the early 1900s.
There are also lines and wooden inserts between the first and second floors. The wooden inserts also run down vertical lines at periodic locations along the back of the home. Because these wooden inserts are similar to elements that outline where the front porch used to attach to the home, we believe that a porch used to run along the back side of the home as well. It is thought that this back porch might have served as a sleeping veranda extended along the north outside walls of the home.
A horizontal tar line also runs across the exterior north wall of the servant's room. In this same wall, there appears to be an opening of some sort on the second floor that was bricked over. There may have been a sleeping veranda, porch or exterior staircase for existing the house from the servant's bedroom as well. It may have allowed the servant to have a private access to the house without entering or leaving through any public entrance to the house.
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