This home was purchased by Habitat For Humanity as a project house to rehab.
They had an architect draw up plans to put back appropriate porches.
The Gifford Park Association donated money to buy the materials and I volunteered my labor to make the treads, sawed porch apron, balustrade, newels, finial, frieze and brackets. It was converted from a two unit to single family. Habitat stripped most of the paint off of the bricks. Here is a proposed design for a porch apron. They chose a different design found on a house in Elgin of the same vintage.
Here are mock ups of proposed brackets.
Here are the brackets, porch apron, balustrade and frieze that they chose that I made. Unfortunately Habitat chose porch posts from a big box store that are too slight. Old house porch posts are at least 5 to 6 inches wide.
Here is the finished house. The neighborhood appreciates the improvement.
This house has a sister house four blocks away. These porches are probably not original to the house.