Before & After ~The Dr. Clarence M. Dodge House in Manchester NH. Craig St. Pierre photos.
Built in 1883-1884, the main block of the house was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1886, with minimal damage to the kitchen ell and carriage house. The house was rebuilt. The second owner updated the porch and extended the bay window to the second story, along with some interior alterations in 1896. From that time, it has remained remarkably intact and was well maintained for many decades.
However, in recent years, it had suffered neglect and deferred maintenance. When Craig St. Pierre purchased it in 2019, the house, ell, and carriage house were in need of a significant amount of work. It was a daunting project to undertake. In the past three years, Craig has been the Energizer Bunny of historic house rehab, restoring the exterior of the house, reclaiming the over-grown landscape, and getting a good start on interior projects – doing much of the work himself.
I wrote “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to give people like Craig a one-stop, go-to source for information on all aspects of historic house rehab and restoration. It has been a pleasure to follow his progress and gratifying to know that his copy of the book has been well used.
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/.
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