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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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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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