William Nash House, Cherryfield, Maine. This fabulous Second Empire style house was originally a simple Cape, later enlarged to a full-temple-front Greek Revival style house. It was enlarged again and remodeled into its current form in 1888 by local architect William A. Allen. The owner, William Nash, was one of the region’s principal timberland owners and lumber entrepreneurs in the late nineteenth century.
Few historic houses stand today exactly as built, and some have experienced significant changes over time, like the Nash House. Understanding the style of a house – and how it changed over time – is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.
Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” explores how to identify and date changes over time.
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