Work on Whitten House

Work on Whitten House, 17 years ago.

This is the view of Whitten House I woke up to on this date in 2006. I was renting the house across the street while major structural works and the rebuilding of the missing cooking hearth, brick oven, and chimney was underway on my house.

Chimney building is not generally done in winter in this climate, but we had an unusual warm spell (into the 70s some days), and master mason Richard Irons proposed we go for it. He and his crew almost beat the return of typical winter weather, but as they reached the top of the new chimney, this snowstorm came in. The fresh masonry work was well insulated under the blue tarp and the chimney was completed, in spite of the weather.

This chimney reconstruction is part of the “Restoring an 1827 Kitchen” example project in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” It is one of a number of example projects and case studies included to show how a wide range of historic house restoration work has been accomplished by myself and others.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/ and through the shop on this page.

Our shop carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including the classic “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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