Old House History: Embracing the Past

What sets aside our Old Houses from new houses?

History!

Old House History to be exact.  All Old Houses have a story to tell…one that’s been decades in the making, and told from lives of an almost forgotten era.

 

Old House History

 

These stories play out differently across the globe – by location, neighborhood, workmanship, generations that have passed through your front door, and even down to the historic materials used to construct your Old House!

As Old House lovers and caretakers, we should seek to embrace and honor this history…not erase it.

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Concrete Steps and Stone Walls: Front Porch Restoration

Concrete Steps and Stone Walls

This week’s topic is concrete steps and stone (wing) wall restoration for your Old House, so don’t miss these 12 vital steps to cement your porch restoration success! Read on to learn more… Continue reading “Concrete Steps and Stone Walls: Front Porch Restoration”

Historic Preservation: Retaining and Restoring Old House Character

Old Houses just have a certain charm and character! That’s why Old Houses are so desirable and sought after. For many reasons, we just don’t build houses like we used to! Whether it’s time, or profit driven, loss of trade/ skills/art, we just don’t seem to value “Old House character” anymore…I don’t know why. One thing I do know is, it’s a shame. Continue reading “Historic Preservation: Retaining and Restoring Old House Character”

Detroit’s Michigan Central Station – Ford’s Next Stop

It’s a new era in Detroit, and as America’s “underdog”, the city is in the fight of its life to rebuild and be reborn.  Detroit is determined to beat the odds…and the naysayers! New stadiums, new housing, and neighborhood revitalization are all underway. But part of Detroit’s soul is still absent, abandoned, isolated, alone, and desperately wanting to be found again. What is this “soul” that is still missing? As the Detroit Renaissance continues, there is phoenix rising again to the west, and ready to come home to its people. The place? Michigan Central Station – The former “crown jewel” of the Midwest!

So how did we get here, and what lies ahead? Continue reading “Detroit’s Michigan Central Station – Ford’s Next Stop”