Before and After ~ A Second Empire Gem. This wonderful Second Empire house is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.
This is the Heck-Andrews House in Raleigh, NC. Designed by architect George S. H. Appleget, it was completed in 1870 and was one of the first substantial houses built in the city after the Civil War. It is an exceptional example of the Second Empire style with a concave Mansard main roof and convex Mansard on the tower. Its beautiful restoration after a long period of neglect is inspirational.
Too often, contractors and well-meaning friends will tell us a house is “too far gone” or has to be gutted to be saved. Seeing the restoration work done by others provides confidence for tackling our own projects. Get inspired by the work of others, find a contractor who knows how to restore a house, and go save a house.
“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.
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!
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