Preservationists love a good set of “before” and “after” photos, but they rarely look as dramatic as those taken of 5 Elliott St.

Just two years ago, this 18th century home was dominated by a first floor garage door and an oddly expansive second floor window flanked by double doors and topped by one of the city’s longest fan lights.

Still, dubious aesthetics were not its most serious problem.

“This building was just heavily abused over many years,” says architect Glenn Keyes, who spearheaded its recent rehabilitation with Richard Marks Restorations. “It was a building in structural distress.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.