Our Historic Preservation Resource Page is a repository of knowledge from, consultants, advisors, and professionals specializing in Old Houses. We have gathered a wealth of Historic Preservation knowledge, and put it right at your finger tips. We’ve searched the Internet, so you don’t have to.
Here, you will find useful information that you can put straight to work – from case studies, websites, and from a variety of “best practices” used in the Old House industry today. These resources can provide detailed guidance on preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of your Old House and Historic Buildings.
Maybe you just want to gain a better understanding of old buildings, and the proper way to restore an old house? So, from exterior paint removal, to window repair, and much , much more…we’ve got you covered!
PRESERVATIONIST JOHN LEEKE
John Leeke’s Historic HomeWorks by John Leeke, American Preservationeer.
Practical Restoration Reports and books are a detailed technical series on preservation topics packed with practical methods you can use now.
“Based on years of extensive research and field application, each is put together with John’s trademark hands-on, step-by-step instructions and famously lucid illustrations. …photos in particular are marvels of clarity and veracity…” – Gordon Bock, Editor-in-Chief, Old-House Journal
WOOD FINISH PRESERVATION
Wood Finishing Enterprises. Polish/varnish: Their “1704 blend” ingredients can be purchased for you to mix up as needed in small batches at home. 1704 is probably one of the oldest varnish recipes still extant. We use it in the violin restoration trade because it is compatible with the finishes of the 18th-early 20th c. People have different variants of the recipe that they use, but you can find it on the Internet if you Google 1704 violin varnish recipe. It smells wonderful and is completely non-toxic. It takes about three weeks to make, then add a clear or poly over the top. – Rose. V.