Sometimes Simple is Better

This rural 19th-century pantry is shown in Chapter 3 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to show that simplicity can be appropriate and functional. In fact, sometimes simple is better.

In a time when many historic house restorations include custom kitchens costing $50,000 or more, it is helpful to be reminded that there are much cheaper alternatives with charm and character appropriate to many historic houses. This pantry had enough character to be the subject of several Andrew Wyeth paintings.

The house is the Olson House in Cushing, ME. The house and its inhabitants, Christina and Alvaro Olson, were the subjects of many Wyeth paintings, including “Christina’s World,” perhaps his most famous work.

It is now owned and preserved by the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland and is open for tours seasonally. The link below leads to a 3D virtual tour of the house by architectural photographer David Clough: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=xX485QWQ65A

Dave photographed the 13 restored houses featured between the how-to chapters of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our online shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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