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tom replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"wow, yes it really does, thank you"
1 hour ago
caseypratt replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"It looks sort of like design 37 in the Barber book."
3 hours ago
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Tom, There is much that I can share with you regarding the design of your home, and the architect who created it.  Please send me an email message to so I can replay with some more info and some neat graphics.…"
6 hours ago
Chris DiMattei replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"Tom, Congrats on your new home, she sure is a beauty.  Can you tell me the address of it, so I can see what I have in my files?  Thanks."
tom replied to Chris DiMattei's discussion Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house?
"This is one of his houses."
Scott Antique Market posted an event

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October 6, 2016 at 10:45am to October 9, 2016 at 4pm
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Mark W. Hoffa replied to Susan Scofield's discussion Refinishing Antique Heart Pine Flooring
"My personal choice is a mix of 1/3 pure tung oil, 1/3 turpentine and 1/3 spar urethane. We recently just finished redoing the apartment over the garage that had been an artist studio. The floor had been trashed with paint, clay and everything else.…"
Sep 19
Franz replied to David's discussion Repacing cedar shake roof with asphalt
"I'll give you some real good advice, forget asphalt and go with steel. Present day asphalt, even going back 20 years are not worth carrying up to the roof, let alone nailing on. "
Sep 19


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Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 108 Replies

I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started by Chris DiMattei in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by tom 1 hour ago.

Refinishing Antique Heart Pine Flooring 19 Replies

I have finally reached the point of not being able to stand the unfinished heart pine, or perhaps doug fir, kitchen floor in our 1903 Queen Anne home.  We uncovered the original floor way back in 1998 when we bought the house and removed layers of plywood, vinyl, and linoleum.  We were forced to remove all the layers due to previous tenants leaving dogs in our kitchen.  After removing all the layers and exposing the original wood floor we chose to leave the wood floor exposed so it could dry…Continue

Started by Susan Scofield in Old House How-To. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa Sep 19.

Repacing cedar shake roof with asphalt 1 Reply

Need some ideas on replacement of a severely worn shake mansard roof with asphalt, i want to go with octagonal, but not sure that would be ideal. Help!

Started by David in Old House How-To. Last reply by Franz Sep 19.

Need Help Identifying Age of Home 4 Replies

I've been doing some research trying to pinpoint the approximate age of my home.  I would consider it a 1.5 story bungalow.  The chain of ownership information that i'm finding through the court house seems to date it older than when bungalows came into fashion.  Here are some things that may help date the home.  - field stone foundation with stone faced block on top- brick insulation on exterior walls- plumbing cast iron house trapWhat other information would help date my home?…Continue

Started by Ryan Hill in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Richard Pryor Sep 13.

Antique stair treads 4 Replies

I am going crazy trying to find a way to repair these stair treads.  I have never seen anything like them.  They are pieces of carpet with brass trim around the edges.  The carpet is  backed with a thick cardboard type material.  the edges of the carpet are sewn to the cardboard and then inserted in a brass channel which is then nailed to the tread and the riser. Each tread and each riser has a separate channel. The first of the attached pictures show the stairs in  place.The second picture…Continue

Tags: stairs, tread, carpet

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Jim Quinn Sep 12.

FOR SALE -- Architectural Finial plus Weathervane from the 1860's 4 Replies

Seller: James Stubbs. 3 Elm Court, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada. L9S1M8tel: 705 999 2150. EMail: avonquil@nextcom.caCreated by master tinsmiths in the Owen Sound area of Ontario shortly after 1867 to celebrate the birth of Canada as a nation. -- Original portion soldered sheet metal. -- Damaged in Hurricane Hazel, Oct. 15, 1954 and removed from building. Specific location not determined. --Repaired by the late Mario of the Copper Shop, Hwy 11 north of Barrie, in 1975, and mounted on Victorian…Continue

Started by James Stubbs in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by James Stubbs Sep 11.

Test Your Knowledge 2 Replies

Hi there-In case you haven't seen this floating around social media, I thought I'd post it here. It's our latest quiz to test your knowledge on old house styles. It's short and fun. Give it a try!,Emily (Old House Journal production editor)Continue

Started by Emily O'Brien in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Lair Tienter Sep 6.

Looking for "Clicky" Light Switches 3 Replies

I'm doing a little remodel work in the bath/laundry room and have been trying to replace the light switches to match those in the rest of the house. Even though my house was built in the 40's, the bathroom was a later addition (there were using an outhouse prior to that). I'd like to source some vintage toggle type switches that were used before the advent of the quiet switch (the ones that still made an audible "click" when used). Ever time I try search for vintage/antique switches all I can…Continue

Started by Caleb J Buller in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt Sep 6.

oak dining set 10 Replies

complete oak dining set... great condition....yours for the taking.Continue

Started by Pamela Saletan in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Eric Mowdy Sep 2.

Blog Posts


Whether your house has a basement, a crawl space, or a root cellar, any space below grade is subject to water infiltration and its damaging effects. Let’s look at how to keep the water (and damp) out. 

By Mary Ellen Polson

Basements in older homes are…


Posted by Emily O'Brien on August 24, 2016 at 3:59pm

Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint.  Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …


Posted by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms.  Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets.  They even fit in the storm window bottoms.  When I close a window, its tight! 

Posted by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home


Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…


Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

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