Built to Last

The Ezekiel and Mariam Record House is weathering its 176th New England winter. This National Register listed 1844 Greek Revival farmhouse presents its formal sides with bold trim elements and clapboard siding to the road but transitions to much simpler trim and shingle siding on the rear elevations. This practical frugality is typical of historic buildings in many parts of the country and is a characteristic worth preserving during restoration as it tells a story about how our predecessors drew a distinction between the public and private parts of their homes.

The Record Farm is one of 13 featured homes in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. These homes, photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough, are presented between the how-to chapters of the book. Ranging in date from c. 1760 to 1957 and geographically from Maine to New Mexico, they showcase beautifully restored houses in a wide range of styles.

The 720-page hardcover book now available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 35% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL). Signed copies are available directly from the author on this site. Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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