I thought I'd share one more picture of the outside of the house, before getting down to brass tacks about the house itself. The main house was built in 1890 by a local industrialist. At some time later, this porch was added -- it's similar to some other porches on the street, so it must have been all the rage at the time. Also at later times, the dining room and sunrooms were added, along with the upstairs bathroom, then the present kitchen addition and blue room, along with the back stairs and the stairs to the attic. The carriage house was built in 1920, according to the tax records. The final addition was the mudroom in back, which features the only fully functional door.
From 2003 to February 11, 2009, it was used as a boarding house, effectively, for very low-income people. The ministry in question has fallen on harder times in the recession, and has shrunk from five houses to two; three were subject to foreclosure, and this was one of them. Very low-income renters (some actually paying no rent) are hard on a building, but the damage they do is largely superficial. While there's a lot of dirt involved, the basic structure of this house seems to be just fine. No leaks in the basement, a new roof (or at least, a new layer on the roof), and no broken windows.
So while I certainly have plenty of work ahead of me -- it could be worse. It could be far worse.