Many people have seen before and after photos of the fabulous Hench House in York, PA, which was restored by Jim and Jean Leaman. But few people have seen photos taken before the “jungle” that hid the house for decades was removed to provide access to the house for restoration. Jim recently shared some photos taken before the jungle was removed and the interior cleaned out. This one shows the tower at the corner of the house. I’ll be sharing some of them here paired with after shots.
The house is an excellent example of what is possible even for a house most people would consider “too far gone.” 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 should be an example to others, and that is the reason it is featured 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 on Airbnb, Hench House is one of 13 featured houses photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough and presented between the how-to chapters of the book with historic and “before” images.
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