This picture is from 1996. Let me point out some of the 'details'. Notice the missing porch columns. Somewhere in the past the porch roof was extended and the columns on the original short overhang were removed. A huge support bracket was fabricated and bolted to the wall. The railing was replaced with a flimsy metal 'wrought iron' type of ugliness. The middle post between the twins gives a clue as to what once was.
The second floor porch enclosure is the real wonderment here; what was the purpose of this room? the porch is about 2ft wide; what actual use could this room have provided? Fortunately, the original window sashes for the inside windows were saved, found in the basement, and restored. One of the windows, however, was a floor to ceiling version and this was replaced with a custom built multipane door to provide access to the porch.