[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home

Having a historic home can sometimes mean having a drafty home.  After all, the property is most likely 100+ years old, right?  Here are 10 awesome ways that you can weatherize your historic home.

Do you have any tips for weatherizing historic homes?  If so, pass them along!

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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Weatherize Your Historic Home.



Lynnewood Hall – From Regal to Ruins

Lynnewood Hall

Then and Now

The following excerpt is from a FOX news article.  To read the story in its entirity please follow the link at the end.  There is also a Facebook Fan Page – Save Lynnewood Hall for those of you interested in following the story.

“Lynnewood Hall, a century-old stunner of a building just outside Philadelphia, silently, almost invisibly, languishes 200 feet beyond a two-lane blacktop road like a crumbling little Versailles.

The graceful fountain that welcomed hundreds of well-heeled visitors, President Franklin Roosevelt among them, was dismantled and sold years ago. Its once meticulously sculpted French gardens are overgrown with weeds and vines. The classical Indiana limestone facade may have lost its luster but its poise still remains — at least from the other side of rusted wrought iron gates that keep the curious at bay.

Like other Gilded Age palaces of the nation’s pre-Depression industrial titans, Lynnewood Hall is a relic of a bygone era facing an uncertain future. Will it befall the same fate as neighboring Whitemarsh Hall, the demolished mansion of banking magnate Edward Stotesbury? Or will it be returned to former glory, like industrialist Alfred I. duPont’s former Nemours Mansion in Delaware?

“It’s a tragedy that people drive past Lynnewood Hall and don’t know what it is, or don’t even notice it’s there,” said Stephen J. Barron, who runs a website and Facebook group aiming to drum up interest in the mansion’s plight. “It breaks my heart and it bothers me. The house is a work of art.”

Long before its current humble predicament, Lynnewood Hall was home to the uber-wealthy Widener family and called “the last of the American Versailles.”

Please following this link to FOX news for the complete article.

Commercial Opportunity in Wake Forest NC – circa 1814

While there are numerous historic homes for sale in Wake Forest NC some of the commercial opportunities may be overlooked!

Currently, there is an incredible historic property for sale that is zoned for commercial use – the possibilites are simply ENDLESS!

A few features of the property are:

  • circa 1814
  •  2373 sq ft
  • 2.77 acres
  • registered landmark with Preservation Foundation of N.C.
  • endless possibilities for the space – receptions, meeting center, restaurant, use your imagination!

This gorgeous home is priced to sell at $699,000 and is located on Capital Blvd.  If you would like more information please feel free to give me a call at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email!

If you would like more information regarding homes for sale in Wake Forest NC please visit my website.  LeesaFinley.com

Always Two Sides – John Baldwin vs Bath NC

Incredibly interesting article regarding a developer from the Raleigh NC area that has moved to a quaint, historic hamlet on the North Carolina coast. I am familiar with John Baldwin and his portfolio of estates in the Raleigh NC area – some of you are as well! Victoria Park in Rosemont in Wakefield Plantation? Surely that rings a bell for some of you….

While I am most definitely “for” economic stability in small towns and “keeping in local” I can’t condone changing the landscape of a location that has preserved a way of life and atmosphere for so many years. Businesses are vital for an area to retain the local workforce and keep money flowing into the local economy but at what cost?

Obviously, I have not attended any of these meetings and I am just on the outside looking in basing an initial opinion on an article. However, I do know some of the story from the Wakefield Plantation side of the equation…… just saying.

Please, take a moment and read the article – what are your thoughts? I know developers that specialize in preserving historic elements and I don’t think they would approve.

Bath fights developer for its soul – Local – The Sun News

Terms To Know When Dealing With Historic Properties

If you are interested in historic properties there are a few terms that you should familiarize yourself with.  A few of the words may sound similar and it can get somewhat confusing.  Here is a sampling of terms that you should become familar with when delving into the world of historic properties:

  • Rehabilitate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again while preserving those portions or features of the property that are historically and culturally significant.  For example, rehabilitation might include an updated kitchen while retaining the historic stairwell and fireplaces.  Most common approach for private houses.
  • Restore:  To return a building to its form and condition as represented by a specified period of time using materials that are as similar as possible to the original materials.
  • Stabilize:  To protect a building from deterioration by making it structurally secure, while maintaining its current form.
  • Renovate:  To repair a structure and make it usable again, without attempting to restore its historic appearance or duplicate original construction methods or material.
  • Preserve:  To maintain a structure’s existing form through careful maintenance and repair.
  • Reconstruct:  To re-create an historic building that has been damaged or destroyed; to erect a new structure resembling the old using historical, archaeological, architectural documents.
  • Remodel:  To change a building without regard to its distinctive features or style.  Often involves changing the appearance of a structure by removing or covering original details and substituting new materials and forms.

For more information regarding historic properties be sure to visit The National Trust for Historic Preservation where the above glossary can be found.  For information regarding Historic Properties in Wake Forest NC please feel free to give me a call or send me an email – I’d be happy to show you what Wake Forest NC has to offer!

If you are interested in Wake Forest NC events, homes for sale, area information, etc please be sure to check out Life in Wake Forest NC

Seven Sisters Inn Petition

Seven Sisters Inn

Seven Sisters Inn

I wanted to share a story that I just came across from Ocala.com

The Seven Sisters Inn is a historic home on the National Historic Register c. 1888.  It has been voted “Inn of the Month” by Country Inns Bed and Breakfast as well as the “Best Restoration Project”.

This Inn has been up for sale and faces foreclosure if not sold by April 7, 2009.  Ghost Hunters (T.A.P.S.) has featured the inn on it’s program for paranormal activity and it seems as though that appearance has garnered interest from other paranormal research groups around the country.  As a result, a petition has been created to help save the inn.  Please visit Save The Seven Sisters Inn to view the petition and see how you can help!

Building Inspectors and Historic Commercial Properties

When considering a purchase of a Historic Property for commercial uses one of the first people that you should call should be a Building Inspector.  Why?

  • You want to be sure that your intended purpose for the building is permissible.  If you intend to lease your space to a retail tenant you will still need to be sure that there are no code violations that would proibit your tenant from conducting business. 
  • Zoning Permits – If a building has been used in the past as retail and the intended future use is retail you must still cooridinate with the Zoning Division of your town.  Historic districts have strict guidelines as to which business may locate within them.  Even a change in retail business must be reviewed.

A wise decision would be to seek out the Historic Preservation Committee or Advisory Group in your area to obtain specific guidelines before starting your new business.  Also check with your SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office) as well as your City or Town Planning Board – any of which should be able to point you in the right direction.

Owning historic property, whether residential or commercial, takes quite a bit of homework, approvals for use, and reviews.  Be smart – do your homework before you take the leap!

If you have any questions or comments about owning historic properties please feel free to email or call – I will be delighted to help!