Before and After ~ Georgia Greek Revival.
This pair of photos of a house in Thomson, GA comes from livingvintageco.com. They illustrate well what is possible with a thoughtful and careful approach to restoring historic houses.
While long recognized as symbols of white Southern culture, today the Antebellum historic houses of the south are also being recognized for the fine craftsmanship and labor of the enslaved people who often built and paid for these beautiful buildings. They are physical documentation of the achievements of enslaved black southerners.
On this house, you can see that original materials and features were retained and restored where possible and missing elements were replaced with compatible materials, taking design cues from the style and period of the house. Close analysis of the photos suggests that most of the historic fabric was preserved with only the porch deck, railings, and stairs being reconstructed with all new materials. The stairs were returned to their original location, aligned with the main entrance to the house, and the missing chimneys reconstructed.
All aspect of home restoration including how to figure out what the missing elements of a house would have looked like is covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
The award-winning and best-selling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.
Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
Our shop also carries preservation/restoration books by other authors and our 2022 Historic House Calendar. Combination packs available!
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