Before & After ~ The C.J. Chapman Cottage

Before & After ~ The C.J. Chapman Cottage was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens and built on a Casco Bay island in Maine in 1892.

The after photo was taken by noted architectural photographer Dave Clough for a book project. Before photo from a private collection. Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. asked me to co-author the book with himself and architect Christopher Glass. That collaboration resulted in “Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses,” published by Tilbury House Publishing in 2014.

This house is called “The Towers” for obvious reasons. By the 1980s, it was sadly neglected but was beautifully restored by new owners who have maintained it in good condition.

Following the publication of “Homes Down East,” the publisher asked if I had any ideas for another book. I did, and the seed for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was planted. Having Dave Clough join the project to photograph the 13 featured houses in the book added enormously to the quality of the finished product.

Signed and personalized copies of both the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book and “Homes Down East” are available directly from me in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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