A wonderful c. 1835 Greek Revival house at Greenfield Village, MI.
My friend Brian Rainville took this photo during a visit to Greenfield Village several years ago. Visiting historic house museums can be a great way to get inspiration for your own project. The more immersive experience of visiting a historic village museum, like Greenfield Village, is even better.
A number of these museums exist in different parts of the country, often assembled with buildings moved from other locations. This house was built in Ann Arbor, MI and moved to the museum in the 1930s.
Seeing multiple houses along with stores, workshops, and streetscapes makes it easier to understand historic houses in the context of the time they were built. If you’re fortunate, you will see restoration work in progress and be able to talk to the people doing the work.
These wonderful sites have suffered a severe economic impact from the loss of visitor fees and shop sales due to the pandemic. I hope we will all visit and support these amazing historic sites once they are again open to the public.
In the mean time, you can gain inspiration and information for your project in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).
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