Before & After ~ The C.J. Chapman Cottage was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens and built on a Casco Bay island in Maine in 1892.
The after photo was taken by noted architectural photographer Dave Clough for a book project. Before photo from a private collection.
Maine State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. asked me to co-author the book with himself and architect Christopher Glass.
The result of that collaboration was “Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses,” published by Tilbury House Publishing in 2014.
This house is called “The Towers” for obvious reasons. By the 1980s it was sadly neglected but was beautifully restored by new owners who have maintained it in good condition since.
Following publication of “Homes Down East,” the publisher asked if I had any ideas for another book. I did, and the seed for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was planted. Having Dave Clough join the project as photographer for the 13 featured houses in the book added enormously to the quality of the finished product.
The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book and “Homes Down East” are both available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.
Signed and personalized copies of both are available directly from me in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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