Blake House Porch

Since 2005, Preservation Racine has owned the historic Italian Villa Style house located at 936 Main Street.  Known as the Blake House, it is a key building in Racine's Southside National Historic District.  Preservation Racine has been part of many years of restoration of this building and continues to care for it.  Our goal is to set an example of how an historic building can be preserved.  It has been an aspiration for years to replicate the porch that once graced this house.  With our memberships approval, Architect Bob Hartman was asked to prepare drawings of the proposed porch.  They were completed in December of 2014.  At the February 2016 membership meeting, the Preservation Racine Board proposed to our membership that funds be allocated to complete this project.  The motion was made and approved by our membership at that meeting.
Original Porch (Preservation Racine collection)
Current photo showing the missing porch.  (courtesy of Bob Hartman)
Artist's rendering of approved porch design (courtesy of Bob Hartman)
Close up of artist's rendering of approved porch design (courtesy of Bob Hartman)
Artist's rendering of Corbel detail (courtesy of Bob Hartman)
Excerpts take from Winter 2015 Issue of Preservation Racine Newsletter article by Vivian Merlot.