Before and After ~ A Second Empire Gem

Before and After ~ A Second Empire Gem. This wonderful Second Empire house is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

This is the Heck-Andrews House in Raleigh, NC. Designed by architect George S. H. Appleget, it was completed in 1870 and was one of the first substantial houses built in the city after the Civil War. It is an exceptional example of the Second Empire style with a concave Mansard main roof and convex Mansard on the tower. Its beautiful restoration after a long period of neglect is inspirational.

Too often, contractors and well-meaning friends will tell us a house is “too far gone” or has to be gutted to be saved. Seeing the restoration work done by others provides confidence for tackling our own projects. Get inspired by the work of others, find a contractor who knows how to restore a house, and go save a house.

Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners was written to help people who want to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton. It is an important time to support our small local shops.

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