Homeowners visit the old house doctor

Sep 11, 2014

Historic New England and Boston Building Resources (BBR) recently teamed up at BBR’s Roxbury headquarters for an Old House Doctor drop-in clinic. Joe Cornish, Joanna McKnight, and Sally Zimmerman, members of Historic New England’s preservation services team, shared tips on maintaining old houses, identifying architectural styles, and selecting period paint colors.

Neighborhood homeowners and Historic New England members from as far away as Gloucester, Massachusetts, spoke about owning and caring for homes that had been in their families for several generations. One resident of Moreland Street in Roxbury brought her self-published book on restoring her grandmother’s Colonial Revival home, where she pulled up hundreds of staples from the dining room’s parquet floor after removing wall-to-wall carpet.

A Historic Homeowner member recounted his eleven-year quest to restore his grandfather’s Queen Anne two-family house. He did most of the work himself, by hand, maintaining all the woodwork repairs to within one sixty-fourth of an inch of the original carpentry.

BBR, which focuses on affordable solutions that help Boston neighborhoods by reusing building materials and educating homeowners, will host Historic New England staff later this year for a series of talks on selected home-care topics.

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