I spoke with a man who lives on the property and works as a handyman. The house was run-down and as he said, "You could tell which way the wind was blowing by which curtains moved."
Over the course of 13 Saturdays, this man and the owner put on a new roof, replaced most of the windows, installed new facia, and insulated some of the walls. In addition, just about all of the mortar between the bricks has been replaced. The rainwater from the gutters is now directed away from the house and as such the basement now stays dry.
The brick for the walls is a double layer and every few rows, bricks are mounted cross ways for stability. A couple of the bricks have etchings on them - some with initials and a couple with dates. It is speculated that the clay for the bricks came from a nearby field that bears the marks of excavation.