Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Restored Steinway Featured at the Met

Dimitrios Klitsas, world-renowned custom wood carver, brought this 1882 Steinway Piano back to life after a series of shoddy repairs to the delicate purpleheart wood carvings. Designed by George A. Schastey, one of the most popular design firms among New … Continue reading

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Waterproofing Fieldstone Foundations

How do you stop water from coming through a dry laid granite fieldstone foundation – – without excavating the exterior fill (and plantings, and pavings) to the depth of the footings? Did you know that a hydrophilic crystalline admixture can … Continue reading

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Wood Fireplace Mantels: Custom Carved for Beauty

Most wood fireplace mantels are cut with CNC, using digital codes to produce the pieces quickly, and then hand-finished. While this method of mass production may be practical and efficient, the results are mantelpieces that lack distinction and artistry. Not so … Continue reading

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Basement Waterproofing That Gets Results

Leaky basement? Instead of disrupting your landscape to treat your foundation walls or redirect the drainage, try the S+H Construction basement waterproofing solution. It works from the inside out, preventing moisture from entering the walls in the first place. The … Continue reading

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Historic American Building Moves–1869 Hotel Pelham

European visitors to America in the Nineteenth and even Eighteenth Centuries remarked at how readily Americans moved buildings from place to place, even in rural areas. Economic explanations have been offered, relative costs of labor and materials, but a contributing … Continue reading

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Stained Glass Window Improves the View

This diamond pattern stairwell wood window was letting in the light, as it should, but it was also letting in the view, which was less desirable. Eric Mauro Stained Glass of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts consulted on design and then furnished this … Continue reading

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Soundproofing and Acoustical Management for Architectural Re-Use

Existing buildings are being put into new uses, and existing customer expectations are shifting rapidly. Acoustical management is often the last thing to be considered by the designers, often addressed only when there is a problem identified. Fortunately, the soundproofing … Continue reading

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National and Local Historic Districts are not the Same Animal

Agricola Corporation of Chicopee, Massachusetts documented numerous buildings and sites in Plympton Center in order to secure its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. This nomination is recognition of the importance of the district to the history of … Continue reading

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Colonial Cut Stone Center Chimney Dismantled and Installed.

Colonial era cut stone center chimneys are relatively common in southern New England. The stonework there is generally superior to that found points north, where chimneys are mostly out of brick. The hearth is literally the center and “focus” (Latin … Continue reading

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Egyptian Monuments in Vermont Marble

During the nineteenth century, Egyptian imagery was widely adopted in the US for stone monuments, public and private. Visit any old settler graveyard, and at a certain point, it sprouts a forest of obelisks. Here is a fairly early example … Continue reading

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