Before and After. The dramatic restoration of Laurietta, a Federal style plantation house in Fayette, Mississippi, illustrates what is possible with a thoughtful and careful approach to restoring historic houses.
You can see that original materials and features were retained and restored where possible and missing elements were replaced with compatible materials, taking design cues from the style and period of the house. These houses are now recognized as the work of skilled enslaved craftsmen in many cases, monuments to those who built them as much as those who owned them.
The new owners/restorers were fortunate to find that a regional preservation group had salvaged and stored a number of architectural elements from the house – when it appeared the house would not be saved. These were returned to the house during the restoration.
You can read about the project and see more before and after photos here: http://ow.ly/sEC350K29h8
Most restoration projects are not this dramatic but are no less meaningful to the owners and community. No matter your project’s scope, you can gain useful inspiration and information in “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/.
Select preservation titles by other authors are also available in our shop!
© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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