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Old 02-14-06, 11:41 AM
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So I'm trying to find out the architectural history of a house my mom grew up in

I'm trying to find out the architectural history of a house my mom grew up in, but don't seem to be finding anything by googling/yahooing/ask.com-ing the address, and if I say Ventnor NJ history, I seem to get lots of hotel ads.

Is there somewhere on the (multiple) internets where I might find more info? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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try your local library.....
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An interesting idea...just doing an internet search for the moment...but will eventually get deeper into it. Do you think a local S. Florida library would have much history on Ventnor NJ architecture?

If only I were in Ventnor...that might help a bit! Laff...
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Maybe you could call a library in Ventnor? I've had lots of local librarians do research for me out of state. They've aways seemed eager to help out. Probably breaks them away from re-filing the Dewey decimal gig.....
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Your best bet would be to go through the Ventnor City Historical Society. There's a phone number here... most of the architectural documents you'll need will probably not be electronic. There are probably lots of local books and guides that you'll never find online, so your best bet is to go to a local expert, and get some guidance from there.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
They've aways seemed eager to help out. Probably breaks them away from re-filing the Dewey decimal gig.....
Yeah, that's not really what librarians do.

I second (third?) the library suggestion. Call up the local library in Ventnor and tell them what you're trying to find out.
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Does it look anything like these?



If so I can't really say anything about the architecture but I think I've rented from your mom a few times and she charges outrageous prices (although cheaper than her neighbor over on Marvin Gardens).
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WallyOPD: too friggin' funny...I might incorporate that into the "report" for her...maybe tell her they've since done some renovations to her former home.
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What do you mean by "architectural history"? The age it was built? The style? Who lived in the house?

Do you know the age of the house?

Can you post a pic of the house? That might help us all guide you. If not, try the library!
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I'll see if I can get a picture of it...I'm sure she must have something.

It's in Ventnor NJ (17 South Newark Ave.) about a block off the beach. Yeah, I guess she wants to know when it was built, how old it is, the style, who else may have lived in it etc.

Oddly enough, the people who live in it now are in the antique business, so I told her ask them, maybe they know more than you do.

We're also going to contact the Ventnor Historical Society as suggested by NCMojo. Oddly enough, I saw a link to that, but I thought it seemed like on specific artifacts. In fact the link I saw was the one you provided for the phone #, not the official site (your first link).

Thanks for the help thus far everyone!
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You'd be surprised how much local librarians might help.

(unless you get a pissy one, of course.)
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Cut it open & count the rings
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NORML: well, initially we tried turning the doorknob, seeing how many times you turned it before it fell off (thus signifying the age in years), but I gave up after 250 turns. I think I have carpal tunnel now...
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Originally Posted by Seeker
You'd be surprised how much local librarians might help.

(unless you get a pissy one, of course.)
Maybe they're pissy because people think all they do is file books and study the Dewey Decimal System.
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For a second I thought you meant this house:






But that's 1.93 miles away.

http://www.mapquest.com/directions/m...&2z=08402-2449
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When I was a youngster and we visited mom's old home...we walked to the elephant house (isn't it Lucy?). Don't I remember hearing that it got moved? Hmm...

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