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Historic Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern is historic.

This rec room was created in the second story of a 19th century kitchen ell in the 1960’s. It features classic materials of the period, including a Weld-tex textured plywood ceiling and “Pickwick pine” tongue and groove boards on the walls. Equally classic from the period is the Arco lamp arching over the sofa. Designed in Italy in 1962, it has never gone out of production.

The National Register of Historic Places guidance uses 50 years as the length of time typically needed for a building to be considered historic. While it seems odd to some that buildings built within our lifetimes might be historic, young adults born in the 1980s and 90s are embracing these “retro” houses as historic.

So does “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners,” which includes several post-WWII styles and types among the 25 architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2.

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

Signed copies are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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