There's no question that the brick construction requires careful consideration when working to make the house more energy-efficient, but come on guys, this is a beautiful period house. I'd guess Federal style, which seems straight and true from the picture. It has stood proud for over 177 years. Treat it with some respect. Work on air sealing. Replaster the interior. Perhaps increas insulation in tha cap and pay attention to ventilation and the integrity of the roof. Don't laugh about the planks that were the nailers for the hand-split lathe. They built this house by hand with hand tools. Evaluate it for what it is and honor the know how and skill that created it.
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