Before, During & After!

Before, During & After! ~ Remarkable San Francisco Restoration. I found these amazing photos from the 1970s on the OpenSFHistory.org website. Writer, researcher, and educator Judith Lynch took thousands of color slides of San Francisco architecture in the 1970s, capturing some of the earliest Victorian restorations in the country. This website is digitizing her work.

I’ve shown the before and after images of this lovely Italianate style house in San Francisco before but just discovered the photo taken while the work was underway. You can see that the original siding survived under the horrid “Modernist” stucco treatment from the 1950s. The light paint stands out clearly against the restored wood trim elements yet to be painted in the “during” photo. It is an excellent example of what can be done to restore a house with determination and care.

Preservationists in San Francisco were leaders in appreciating Victorian-era architecture after decades of disparagement by Modernists and fans of Colonial-era buildings. Advocates of Mid Century Modern are in a similar place today.

“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 – whatever era it comes from.

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/.

Select restoration and preservation titles by other authors are also available in our shop! Save on cost and shipping with our combo-packs!

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