Rear of house on Michael Korns, Sr. farm, Somerset County, PA, showing presence of an addition, and showing several different widths of siding

Rear of the house on Michael Korns, Sr. farm

This photograph shows the rear of the house on the Michael Korns, Sr. farm in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA. It was taken after the collapse of the west half of the house. Note the several different widths and styles of siding. Click here for a non-annotated version of the photograph.

This photo shows traces of the north wing of the house, and shows that the north wing was two stories high, and had a porch. Note the siding patch where siding was removed and replaced so that a horizontal porch roof support member could be attached to the framing of the original portion of the house.

Where the north wing roof overlapped the siding, there clearly appears to be remnants of white paint that was protected from the elements by the presence of the north wing roof. This tells us that at least part of the house was painted at the time of the addition. By the time the house photo was taken for Dr. Korns' 1949 book, the paint on the front of the house (assuming the entire house was once painted) appears to be completely weathered away. Certainly we can say that the house hadn't been maintained for a long time prior to the time the house photo was taken for Dr. Korns' 1949 book.

Since the door into the north wing addition, and its door frame exhibit wire nails that weren't available in the United States until circa 1883, the addition probably wasn't added until after that date.

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