Historic Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern is historic!

A house built in 1960 is now 61 years old – as old as a Victorian house built in 1899 was in 1960. Old enough for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Many young adults recognize and appreciate the period character of these houses, as their grandparents did the Victorian houses previously dismissed as non-historic.

The residential architecture of the Post World War II period introduced new forms and materials to accommodate new ideas and ways of living. They are functionally suited to modern life and have period Mid-Century Modern design features.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” covers houses built from c. 1730 to c. 1970 and includes the modern materials used in Mid-Century houses, which most restoration books do not address.

From style identification through designing your project and all the stages that follow, the book comprehensively guides homeowners through the process of restoration/rehabilitation of historic homes for 21st century life while retaining historic character.

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 directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is also available in our shop.

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