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Living with Rufus Porter: Muralist

By Mark Sullivan

Rufus Porter 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.

Lifestyle

Dovecotes and Swallow Holes

By Mark Sullivan

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.

Architecture

Curb Appeal: Hatfield… The Real McCoy

By Dan Cooper

Curb Appeal: Hatfield: The Real McCoy by Dan Cooper Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the author' ramblings around the Northeast.

Architecture

Curb Appeal: Celebrating (Architectural) Diversity

By Dan Cooper

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.

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The Choice is Yours: Paint for an Early Historic House

By Gladys Montgomery

Homeowners really have two choices. One is to re-create how the paint looked when it first went on 200 years ago. The other is to make it look like it’s lived there for 200 years.

Architecture

It’s all Greek to me

By Dan Cooper

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.

Architecture

Curb Appeal: Where Town Leaves Gown Elm Street in Northampton

By Dan Cooper

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.

Preservation

Threatened No More: The John Robbins House

By Joseph Cornish

May 4, 2007

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