Your Old or Historic Home
Historic New England wants you to know how to conserve and care for your old or historic home. With a century's worth of experience in historic preservation, Historic New England has the expertise to help you protect the unique character of your house, whether it was built in 1750 or 1950. Historic Homeowner membership at Historic New England provides additional services tailored to the specific issues you encounter in your home.
Investigating your home's building fabric for clues to its past
The building fabric of your house is a wealth of information. Its physical evidence tells a story about the changes made to your house as it evolved over time, and sometimes can shed light on the identities and lifestyles of previous occupants. Evidence includes the exterior and interior finishes that are on view every day; however, often the most compelling and interesting pieces of evidence are revealed during the course of repair and remodeling work, or are located in rarely accessed areas.
For detailed, ongoing advice for your old or historic home, consider Historic Homeowner membership. The Historic Homeowner program supports you with individualized technical support, including online consultation to select historically appropriate paint colors, evaluate design proposals, and locate specialized contracting. Learn more.