Before & After ~ Hench House

Before & After ~ A different angle on the 1887 Hench House.

The Hench House in York, PA has become well-known since its dramatic rescue from a demolition order by Jim and Jean Leaman a decade ago. The before photo was taken after a new roof was put on the stop water infiltration and the overgrown yard cleared to allow work on the house. Note the open windows to dry out the house and the stained glass transoms protected by new plywood.

The house is an excellent example of what is possible for a house most people would consider “too far gone.” Every house can’t be saved and some truly are too far gone to be saved, but many houses are destroyed every year that could have been saved.

Knowing it is possible is often the first step toward saving a house. The restoration of the Hench House by a middle-class retired couple who did much of the work themselves is an inspiration and example to others, and that is the reason it is on the cover of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Now owned by a young family and known as the Lady Linden bed and breakfast, Hench House is one of 13 featured houses photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough for the book.

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

Signed and personalized copies are available in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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