[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!

Check out this fantastic 10 on Tuesday……

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

 

Wake Forest NC – This Place Matters!!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign “This Place Matters” helps people protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them!  This campaign has helped to bring to light communities and locations that are important to us and preserving those locations for future generations.  For those of you that know me you know that historic homes and locations are near and dear to my heart as is the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  It makes me smile to see all of the photos and stories that flood into the site from people all around the country that have places near and dear to them.  This is what historic preservation is all about!

The Town of Wake Forest NC has begun it’s local campaign for “This Place Matters” and you can join in by sharing the historic places in Wake Forest NC that matter to YOU!  How can you participatte?  It’s easy – all you have to do is visit the Wake Forest NC This Place Matters campaign site and download your free “This Place Matters” sign.  Take a digital photo of yourself holding the sign at local residences, landmarks or other significant locations throughout Wake Forest NC that matter to you.  Submit your photo along with a short story as to why the location is important and meaningful to you to thisplacematters@wakeforestnc.gov.   All photo submissions with then be displayed in a slide show at http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/thisplacematters_photos.aspx

For more information regarding the local “This Place Matters” campaign you can contact Agnes Wanman at (919) 435-9516 or AWanman@wakeforestnc.gov.  For information on the National “This Place Matters” please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Historic Raleigh NC Post Office – circa 1878 – Help Keep It Open!

Here is one story that I will be following closely.  As a result of economic downturn as well less volume this historic Raleigh NC landmark is in jeopardy of closing.  Here is an excerpt from the ABC11 story.

RALEIGH (WTVD) — A downtown Raleigh landmark that has been in service continually for nearly 135 years is set to be shutdown.

The Century Post Office at the Federal Building on Fayetteville Street has been in operation since 1878 — it was actually the first post office built in the south following the Civil War.

Now, the US Postal Service says it wants to close the office in mid-July, citing a 20 percent decline in mail volume and lost revenue of $8.5 billion in the last two years.

You can read the full story here.    What are your thoughts on the potential closing of such a significant historic landmark here in Raleigh NC?

Am Amazing Restoration in Biloxi, MS – History Uncovered After Katrina

I thought this was an incredible story about a piece of history that was discovered AFTER Katrina.   The Beauvoir house in Biloxi, Mississippi!   Here is the article from CNN ……

photo courtesy of galenfrysinger.com

“You can’t miss Beauvoir as you drive along scenic U.S. Highway 90 through Biloxi, Mississippi. Its grand staircase, with the railings scrolling outward, welcomes you like open arms.

The front porch wraps around the entire front of the home, supported by regal white pillars, common during the antebellum period.

It’s the kind of front porch where you can envision someone sitting in a rocking chair with a glass of iced tea, as the breeze from the beach offers the only respite from a humid August afternoon.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated Mississippi’s coastal areas, the storm tore up the home. But it also peeled back a little slice of history about Beauvoir that might never have been known otherwise.

Beauvoir was the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.”

You can read the rest of the article here……. The before and after shots are simply amazing!

House Passes FULL Funding for the Historic Preservation Fund

From Preservation Nation……

On July 30, the House passed a major package of energy and oil spill provisions dubbed the CLEAR Act. Why is this good news for preservationists? The legislation contains a provision that would fully fund the Historic Preservation Fund at its entire authorized level of $150 million. Not since its inception in 1976 has the Historic Preservation Fund received full funding to carry out the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. In fact, since 2001, appropriations have declined from $94 million to less than $80 million.

What this provision means is that all funds collected from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing (the source of revenue for the Historic Preservation Fund) would be dedicated to supporting national preservation programs. Now, imagine for just a moment what great preservation work our movement will accomplish with full funding of $150 million. I’m normally not an exclamation mark kind of a guy, but wow!

Check out the rest of the article…….

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.

Glencoe Mill Village, Burlington NC – Return to a Mill

Amazing piece on the restoration of Glencoe Mill Village in Burlington, NC!  Here is an account from someone that was there when it was ruins and has seen the incredible rebirth!

“Such potential—not to mention the tangible successes at Glencoe—gives hope to the architects of the heritage corridor that other towns will pay similar attention to their own at-risk mill buildings. But it’s not always easy to get people to see the value of what’s right in front of their noses.”

You can read the entire article at National Trust for Historic Preservation – Return To A Mill