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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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Building a Fireplace to the Specifications of Count Rumford

JB Mohler Masonry of Lancaster, MA built this Rumford fireplace in a residence in Acton. This particular example has a clean, modern look and a handsome mantle treatment, while still adhering to the Count’s principles. Superior Clay Manufacturing has made … Continue reading

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Restoration and Reproduction of Unusual 1890 Bank Barn

This bank barn was built in 1890, to unusual proportions and layout. The banked entrance is at the end of the barn, instead of the side, and the footprint is long and narrow. It would be interesting to know the … Continue reading

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Patron’s Vision for Door Realized in Stained Glass

Here the stained glass artist, Eric Mauro Stained Glass, of Boston, describes how the Patron’s vision for a door entry commission was realized. Since the days of Benvenuto Cellini, the master artisans have been deploying their skills in service not of their … Continue reading

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Repair Portland Cement Damage to Colonial Chimney Brickwork

A little over a century ago, portland cement mortar began to supercede pure lime mortar until the latter has become widely unavailable, even for repairs. Florentine Renaissance Masonry of Salem, Massachusetts shows how previous attempts at restoration using portland cement … Continue reading

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Historic Plaster and Historic Plaster Mouldings

          It happens sometimes that the tools used by the artisans are almost as historic as the buildings that they are working on. Such a case is the legendary plaster moulding archive known as the  “Epstein … Continue reading

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Sympathy With Original Historic Fabric Key to Wood Window Conservation

These 1820’s wood window sash needed an understanding friend and found one in Donnie Hayward of D. Hayward Restoration of Greenfield, MA, who prescribed a delicious and healthy sounding recipe for renewing the original exterior wood after almost two centuries … Continue reading

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Conservation of Founding Father John Hancock’s Carriage

History is a moving target, and it is not always easy to determine which moment in an historic structure or artifact’s life to restore it to. Fellow founding father George Washington’s axe, they say, has since had two new heads … Continue reading

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