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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.
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.
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.
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.
Things to DoHighfield Hall & Gardens: Estate Walks
Things to DoOld York, Maine: The Story of Colonial York
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.
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.
Curb Appeal is a series of not-so-scholarly musings on historic architecture as seen from the street during the authorâ€™s ramblings around the Northeast.
May 4, 2007