Before and After ~ An Italianate Gem in Vermont

Before photos by Adam Franco and after photo by Doug Copeland.

This wonderful Italianate gem in Cornwall, VT came across my feed awhile back. It is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

This impressive house in the Italianate style with a Second Empire Mansard roof atop the tower is located in rural Vermont. It’s dramatic restoration after a prolonged period of neglect will help this small town to retain its unique identity.

The buildings constructed by those who came before us tell our community’s story. Without them, a town is just more acreage of land, indistinct from the next one. Historic houses make places memorable.

Many people would have assumed this house was beyond saving. Fortunately, someone had the knowledge to realize that was not true and possessed the courage and financial resources to take it on.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people learn what is possible. It will help you to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

The award-wining and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

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

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

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