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Below is a list of past articles from the pages of Antique Homes Magazine covering a range of topics including preservation and restoration stories and information on buying, selling and fixing your old, antique or historic home or building.

Title Date Author
Hatfield: The Real McCoy
Sep 25, 2015
Curb Appeal:\r\nHatfield: The Real McCoy\r\n by Dan Cooper \r\n\r\nCurb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the author\' ramblings around the Northeast.\r\n
Up Close and Personal: Touring Historic Sherborn
Sep 29, 2015
Antique Homes Magazine staff writer Mark Sullivan enjoys writing about a variety of subjects relating to historic topics of interest.
A MILLENNIAL'S VIEW: Growing Up during an Old House Restoration
Apr 25, 2016
Thomas \r\nPetraglia is the son of the \r\npublisher. He is a junior attending the University of Connecticut and studying Psychology and Human \r\nDevelopment. He looks forward to \r\nhaving his own home one day, and \r\nconscripting his father...\r\nand his father\'s tools. \r\n
Threatened No More
Apr 26, 2016
May 4, 2007
Curb Appeal: Where Town Leaves Gown Elm Street in Northampton
Apr 26, 2016
Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic \r\narchitecture as seen from the street during the author’s ramblings \r\naround the Northeast.
Curb Appeal: The McKnight Historic District in Springfield, Massachusetts
May 23, 2016
Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the author’s ramblings around the Northeast.\r\n
Curb Appeal: Highland Avenue in Greenfield, Massachusetts
Aug 1, 2016
Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the author’s ramblings around the Northeast. If you have a favorite neighborhood, town center or enclave of historic homes that you’d like featured, please contact me via email at lacelord@gmail.com.
Q & A with Brad Schide
Aug 1, 2016
As a circuit rider for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Brad Schide drives around the state helping cities and towns, property owners, preservation groups and developers save historic buildings.
Curb Appeal: The Town Greens of Suffield, CT
Dec 13, 2016
Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the author’s ramblings around the Northeast. If you have a favorite neighborhood, town center or enclave of historic homes that you’d like featured, please contact Antique Homes via info@antiquehomesmagazine.com.
It's Curtains for your Old House...
May 11, 2015
Dan Cooper, President and CEO of Cooper Lace, has designed and sold historic lace curtains for twenty four years, providing them to private homes, museums and film sets. Dan is also a well-known author, and has published over a thousand articles on the subjects of antiques, architecture, preservation and historic interior design. His first book, New Classic American Houses, was published by The Vendome Press. \r\n\r\nDan is also recognized as a leading authority on the subject of historic carpeting. He has traveled throughout North America consulting on and purveying historic Wilton, Brussels, Axminster, and has worked in hundreds of state capitols, governor\'s mansions, decorative arts and house museums, including a notable residence in the District of \r\nColumbia. Please visit www.historic-carpet.com for more \r\ninformation.
Up Close and Personal: Historic Jamestown, Rhode Island Pirates, Redcoats & Quakers...oh my!
Nov 18, 2015
Antique Homes Magazine staff writer Mark Sullivan enjoys writing about a variety of subjects relating to historic topics of interest.\r\n\r\nIf you have a story idea you think might be interesting to Antique Homes Magazine readers...please let Mark know. You can reach him at: info@antiquehomesmagazine.com
Three Essential Tips to Getting Your Historic Home Sold
Mar 9, 2011
How you the Seller can help get your Historic Home SOLD!
The Triple-Decker: New England Icon
Nov 22, 2016
What people still recognize as a virtue of these buildings is their affordability. While they were definitely built in clusters, they werent necessarily the first choice in subdivisions.
Historic Preservation for Condo Owners
May 11, 2015
Site manager at Phillips House, Julie Arrison is interviewed about the ins and outs of living in an historic condo.
Dovecotes and Swallow Holes
Feb 10, 2015
Dovecotes and swallow holes are common features of old New England barns. Thomas Durant Visser\'s Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings quotes a Groton, Conn., farmer writing in 1855: In barns built after the old style, \"swallow holes\" were always to be seen. In some of these barns I have counted twenty nests at one time, all of them being occupied.
What Came Before and the Happy Diversion of Curb-Side Sleuthing an Old House's History
May 11, 2015
Dan Cooper is a well-known author, and has published over a thousand articles on the subjects of antiques, architecture, preservation and historic interior design. His first book, New Classic American Houses, was published by The Vendome Press. Dan is also President and CEO of Cooper Lace, has designed and sold historic lace curtains for twenty four years, providing them to private homes, museums and film sets. Dan is also recognized as a leading authority on the subject of historic carpeting.
Those Who Came Before: Researching your Old House's History
Feb 7, 2009
Just what is involved in getting together a detailed report about the chain of title to your property, back to when the building was probably constructed, and data on the families and ancestors of past owners.
Curb Appeal: Celebrating (Architectural) Diversity
Jul 13, 2015
Dan Cooper is a well-known author, and has published over a thousand articles on the subjects of antiques, architecture, preservation and historic interior design. His first book, New Classic American Houses, was published by The Vendome Press. Dan is also President and CEO of Cooper Lace, has designed and sold historic lace curtains for twenty four years, providing them to private homes, museums and film sets. Dan is also recognized as a leading authority on the subject of historic carpeting.
Rufus Porter; Muralist
Mar 27, 2015
He was a Yankee \"Renaissance Man.\" Before going on to found Scientific American magazine and to invent prototypes of the Colt revolver and the helium-filled airship, the visionary inventor and folk artist Rufus Porter (1792-1884) wandered New England in the 1830s painting wall murals in homes and inns.
When Lightning Strikes
Feb 7, 2009
The previous owners of our house installed antique lightning rods along the rooflines.
Heating System Tune-ups
Jan 31, 2009
We never think about our home heating systems until that first cold day in November, when we flick on the thermostat, only to find that the furnace doesn\'t fire up.
Finishing School
Jan 31, 2009

Appriopriate wood finishes in an antique home.

Membership has its privileges
Jul 14, 2014
An antique home comes with plenty of history -- but seldom with an owner\'s manual. Here\'s where a call to Sally Zimmerman can help.
Impure Thoughts
Jan 31, 2009
In a previous life, I was a re-enactor; but not like those folks slogging around muddy fields dressed in Civil War garb: I was obsessed with the decorative arts of 1878-1883.
The Role Of Historic Properties in Sustainability
Jan 31, 2009
Sustainability is incorporated as one of the guiding principles of the historic preservation movement and are found in the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.”
Massachusetts' Community Preservation Act
Jan 31, 2009
This bill allows communities to raise and appropriate money designated for their own local open space, affordable housing and historic preservation projects.
The Historic House, Insurance Illuminations
Jan 31, 2009
If you\'re assuming that all homeowner\'s policies are the same, you could be setting yourself up for a major disappointment if you need to file a claim.
A Basic Paint Recipe
Jan 31, 2009
All Paint professionals agree that the key to any successful painting project lies in Preparation! Preparation! Preparation! The Exterior of Your Historic House: A Basic Paint Recipe
Connecticut Phoenix Rises from the Ashes
Jan 31, 2009
On May 14, 2001 the house, a French Second Empire built in 1873 got a second chance when John and Shireen Aforismo purchased the structure and boldly took up the challenge to save it.
The American Doorknob
Jan 31, 2009
A Brief History of the American Doorknob - “Ode to a Doorknob” – singing praise to such a simple everyday object, sounds bizarre and ridiculous, doesn’t it?
Dating Your Antique Homes
Feb 5, 2009
As we dwell in these structures built so many years before us, we often come to wonder about their origin, their history and their date of construction.
When in Doubt, Ask First (before wielding that hammer)
Feb 7, 2009

Sometimes it\'s pointing, sometimes it\'s plumbing. And, if you\'re lucky, somtimes it\'s simply peeling paint.

Old House Myths
Feb 7, 2009
Three Old House myths that really scare the wooden siding right out of people or really scare people right into the vinyl siding.
Called on the Carpet
Feb 7, 2009
Even after 30 years of the preservation movement in this country, many homeowners (and museums) accept the previous statement as gospel.
FAQ: Considering Climate Control
Feb 7, 2009
A buildings climate and environmental conditions are worth spending some time considering.
Caring for Your Older Home: Avoiding Restoration Pitfalls
Feb 7, 2009
Lack of time, resources and expertise usually lead to poor decision making where older buildings are concerned.
Insurance Basics
Feb 7, 2009
Many homeowners mistakenly insure their home for the pruchase price or market value.
Choosing Paint Colors for an Early Historic House
Sep 9, 2010

The color dilema when restoring an early house - re-creating how the paint looked when it first went on 200 years ago or making it look like it\'s lived there for 200 years. \r\n

Gladys Montgomery, an award-winning freelance writer and editor specializing in history, architecture, restoration, design, and decoration, recently transferred her penchant for historic properties into real estate, as an agent with The Kinderhook Group, in western Massachusetts.

Lost...But Not Forgotten
Feb 7, 2009
Loss invokes a wide range of responses in people: shock, sadness, anger, vexation, helplessness, numbness, guilt and despair.
Rough Braid - A Glimpse at the History of Braided Rugs in America
Feb 7, 2009
Dan Cooper speaks with Michele Stenson, owner/operator of American Folk Art & Craft Supply.
Mea Culpa - Hard Lessons Learned
Feb 7, 2009

A humorous look at restoration

Old House C.P.R.- Taking Care of your Old Place
Feb 7, 2009
Start talking “energy efficiency” and most preservationists and restorers begin to tremble.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Gardening
Feb 7, 2009
Old gardens, like old houses, tell a story.
Historically Inspired Walls
Feb 7, 2009

Veering in front of a half dozen gravel trucks bent on my destruction, I turned off of busy Route 44 in Middleboro, MA, and onto a quiet side road.

Show Me The Door
Feb 7, 2009
My house was built in 1917; it’s a quaint little cottage with a few interesting details.
Safety Matters
Feb 7, 2009
Picture the weekend warrior. Jeans, flannel shirt, maybe a big tool belt with hammer in hand right?
The Houses Taught Me
Feb 7, 2009
“There are mullions, and then there are muntins; a mullion is a post that connects multiple window units, and muntin is the small piece that separates two or more panes of glass on a single window sash.”
Old House Animals
Feb 7, 2009
You may not realize it, but a veritable Disneyland lurks within the walls of your old house: every critter imaginable is running amok in your framing, and they’re most grateful for your hospitality.
Deep Energy Retrofits and Historic Homes, Can We Do This?
Jan 24, 2012

With rising energy costs, pressure is put on our finite historic resources - our limited supply of historic homes.. By John Petraglia - practicing the art of real estate brokerage for over 25 years and publisher of Antique Homes Magazine.

Antique & Historic Houses in a Changing Marketplace
Sep 9, 2010

A timely discussion as to what is happening in the New England Real Estate market - what impact it has had on the value of antique properties and on the desirability and marketability of these unique properties. By John Petraglia - practicing the art of real estate brokerage for over 25 years and publisher of Antique Homes Magazine.

It's all Greek to me
Feb 7, 2009
You thought you had it all figured out: Colonial houses were those built before the American Revolution, Federals were those built after the Revolution, but before Greek Revivals, which were the ones with the big, white columns out front, and then came Victorians. \r\n
Dear Readers - Happy House Hunting
Feb 7, 2009
Overview of the 2008 spring real estate market. Where the market is heading, especially in regard to antique and historic properties?
Historic Window Hardware
Feb 7, 2009
It’s easy to focus on the more prominent historic details such as fenestration, roofing and siding during the renovation or recreation of a property.
Taking Care of Silver, Packing Silver for Shipment
Jan 24, 2012
Jeffrey Herman started Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation in 1984, and has built a national reputation of quality craftsmanship and sensitivity towards the finishing of every piece. \r\n\r\nHerman has repaired and reconstructed everything from historically important tankards, tea services, and tureens to disposal-damaged flatware. And yes, he will also polish a single spoon or fork. He considers himself an environmentalist, using the safest, non-toxic, most organic products whenever possible. Before starting his business, Herman worked at Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator. Upon leaving Gorham, he took a position at Pilz Ltd. where he learned the fine art of restoration. Herman earned a BFA degree in silversmithing and jewelry making from Maine College of Art in Portland, and is the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths. He encourages anyone with silver-related questions that can\'t be answered on his Web site (hermansilver.com) to contact him. If you have a piece in need of service, Herman invites you to e-mail an image of the object for an estimate.\r\n\r\nJeffrey Herman\r\nHerman Silver Restoration & Conservation\r\nPO Box 786, West Warwick, RI 02893\r\n800/461-6840, 401/461-6840\r\nFax: 401/461-6841\r\nE-mail: jeff@hermansilver.com\r\nWeb: http://www.hermansilver.com
Taking Care of Silver, Don't Trust All Silver Polishing Videos!
Jan 24, 2012
Jeffrey Herman started Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation in 1984, and has built a national reputation of quality craftsmanship and sensitivity towards the finishing of every piece. \r\n\r\nHerman has repaired and reconstructed everything from historically important tankards, tea services, and tureens to disposal-damaged flatware. And yes, he will also polish a single spoon or fork. He considers himself an environmentalist, using the safest, non-toxic, most organic products whenever possible. Before starting his business, Herman worked at Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator. Upon leaving Gorham, he took a position at Pilz Ltd. where he learned the fine art of restoration. Herman earned a BFA degree in silversmithing and jewelry making from Maine College of Art in Portland, and is the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths. He encourages anyone with silver-related questions that can\'t be answered on his Web site (hermansilver.com) to contact him. If you have a piece in need of service, Herman invites you to e-mail an image of the object for an estimate.\r\n\r\nJeffrey Herman\r\nHerman Silver Restoration & Conservation\r\nPO Box 786, West Warwick, RI 02893\r\n800/461-6840, 401/461-6840\r\nFax: 401/461-6841\r\nE-mail: jeff@hermansilver.com\r\nWeb: http://www.hermansilver.com
The Cape Cod House, A New England Original
Jan 31, 2009
Aside from white-steepled churches and village greens, probably nothing characterizes New England as much as the Cape Cod house.
Pretty as a Picture
Jan 31, 2009

One Massachusetts homeowners renovation love story.

Caring for your Older Home - Why Restore?
Feb 7, 2009
Rich with history and character, older buildings require a different mindset and approach to their upgrades and stewardship.
Paint Research for Historic Homes
Sep 9, 2010
Guest writer Gladys Montgomery, is an award-winning freelance writer and editor specializing in history, architecture, restoration, design, and decoration. Gladys has recently transferred her penchant for historic properties into real estate, as an agent with The Kinderhook Group, in western Massachusetts.