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Before & After ~ The Gile-Harvey House

Before photo: Cornelius Donovan.

Before & After ~ The c. 1868 Gile-Harvey House in Readfield, Maine. A wonderful example of what is possible with determination and commitment.

My friend Cornelius Donovan took the before photo of this house several decades ago. Seeing this abandoned house as a teenage was the start of his love of historic houses and preservation. Today, he is restoring a similar Italianate house.

Fortunately, someone else also saw the potential for the Gile-Harvey House and today it is beautifully restored. It is the most prominent house in the village of Readfield and its restoration has improved the appearance of the whole community.

The Italianate style got a toehold before the Civil War, popularized in part by its use for Queen Victoria’s summer retreat Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It really took off after the war, with examples of the style appearing in all parts of the United States.

“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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