Before and After ~ A Queen Anne Gem

Before photos courtesy of the Old House Society of Bloomington-Normal. After photo courtesy of the owner.

Before and After ~ A Queen Anne Gem. The Mandel House in Bloomington, IL, built in 1894 is a wonderful Queen Anne style house and a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

Sometimes the only way to save a house is to move it, as was the case here. When commercial or institutional encroachment leave a historic house stranded in a context where it is no longer desirable as a home and it is likely to be demolished, relocating it to a vacant lot in an appropriate neighborhood can be the right move, so to speak.

The Old House Society of Bloomington-Normal arranged the three-block move after a church purchased the property and needed the site for an expansion project. The home was purchased by new owners and restored at its new location.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help people who want to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

The award-winning 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 restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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