Preservation peers tour Browne House project

Nov 18, 2015

Historic New England recently invited a group of preservation peer professionals to Watertown, Massachusetts, to see how we put our preservation philosophy into practice.

This behind-the-scenes “pop-up” tour focused on the repair and restoration of the mid-nineteenth century barn on theAbraham Browne House property. Comprehensive preservation work thereincludes repairs to the timber frame and roof structure, as well as restoringshingled siding.

The peer group included building conservation specialists,preservation carpenters, project managers from public and privateorganizations, and architects. They discussed approaches topreserving and conserving building fabric and materials, enriching understanding among professionals at Historic New England andour peers.

The barn, an early project of Historic New England founder William Sumner Appleton,houses architectural fragments that Appleton collected for display. Once structuralrepairs are completed, new roof and cladding work will begin.

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