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Cat Wood replied to Cat Wood's discussion Is this a Victorian light fitting or not?
"Thank you, we're on the same page - I agree that a genuine 20s light is cooler than V-repro & I will take my time; real Victorian is crazy-expensive but I'll keep my eye out for a reasonable deal. "
Phil replied to Cat Wood's discussion Is this a Victorian light fitting or not?
"Not a bad idea--but make sure that you get a real Victorian light, as a real 1920s light is more cool than a repro gas light.  Late victorian gas lighting was typically brass, as opposed to the cast fixtures of the aesthetic lighting that…"
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Cat Wood replied to Cat Wood's discussion Is this a Victorian light fitting or not?
"Thank you. I will have a look for clues but I suspect it's later as well (however I don't know much about lighting just a feeling) it is a lovely light but I might relocate it and search for a Victorian one!"
Cat Wood replied to julie gordon's discussion IDEAS FOR BALCONY RAILING IMPACTED BY BUILDING CODE
"And here's a photo of it"
Phil replied to Cat Wood's discussion Is this a Victorian light fitting or not?
"Looks newer to me, maybe 20s.  are the finials below each lightbulb moveable gas keys?  (or do they look like they once were?  Hard to tell from the picture, but if it was gas, then each would have to have a hollow pipe connection to…"
Cat Wood replied to Cat Wood's discussion Is this a Victorian light fitting or not?
"It is in an 1891 large brick house entrance hallway: original or added later, i.e., 1920s or 1930s. Thank you!"
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Is this a Victorian light fitting or not? 5 Replies


Started by Cat Wood in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Cat Wood on Wednesday.


The railing on the balcony of this beautiful 1895 house is only 24" high. W e are having to bring it to code  due to liability issues as we rent it which is 43" The railing and baulsters are in great shape, but are at a loss how to adjust for the 19" height difference without "clowning" it, by removing and replacing longer balusters. Or a railing continues around so the tenants can no longer utilize the balcony.We have received feedback of adding glass/plexiglass to make up for the difference.…Continue

Tags: height, code, balcony, 1895

Started by julie gordon in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Cat Wood on Tuesday.

Re-finishing old plaster walls 5 Replies

Need some info on redoing my walls. I had a game plan in mind and already have the wallpaper off but decided to do research anyway just because I dont have much experience with plaster walls. Turns out everyone and their brother have a different opinion on the procedure and materials. I've got 2 walls that are drywall and damaged from taking the wall paper down, the rest are plaster with some light cracking and previous paint still on. My plan was to fix the few spots and fill some holes and…Continue

Started by Dru in Old House How-To. Last reply by Gail Richmond Jun 23.

My website on Brooklyn parquetry floor borders 6 Replies

For the past year I have been visiting houses in Brooklyn taking pictures of the floors. I go to open houses and take house tours. Before I created the site I was unable to find any resources on floor borders. So I created the site for me and others to use. addition to all my pictures, I include what I learned when I installed a face-nailed floor in my new kitchen.Continue

Started by Don Wiss in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Jun 23.

Hello, new to the forum. 5 Replies

Hi, I'm new to the forum and wanted to say hello. My in-laws bought a very old house back in 2010 that they are restoring. My wife and I lived in it for about a year right after they bought it and we helped with restoration a lot. If anyone would like to check it out I have posted a video online.I will be posting other videos of the work being done later also. They are putting up a lot of information on their websites here.Two…Continue

Started by David Singer in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson Jun 23.

Pros and cons of winterizing 4 Replies

We shut down my mother's house for the winter in Oct. 2014, drained pipes professionally, etc., kept the electricity on. The house is in Maine, half way up the state, in a suburban town. It was built in late 1800s, plaster walls and ceilings in most parts, wallpaper done in late 1950s, hardwood floors, four bedrooms, three baths, full basement, finished attic, attached barns...a good size house. I believe the foundation is principally granite and concrete.Are there risks to shutting it up…Continue

Started by Linda stearns in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Robert T. Hale Jun 23.

Beloved by squirrels and grackels 1 Reply

   Before my eaves are completely wrapped in hardware cloth does anyone have any suggestions for squirrel and grackel proofing my box eaves and soffits?  Just spent $200 having my attic checked and a hole covered in hardware cloth which just happens to be about five inches down from the hole they chewed two years ago.  How they did it upside down I'll never know.  Would using something like Azek in place of wood stop the pecking and chewing damage to my poor house?  Or should I declare it…Continue

Started by Amanda Stroud in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Franz Jun 21.

Looking for this wallpaper pattern 7 Replies


Started by Sidonie McDaniel in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Sidonie McDaniel Jun 15.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 103 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 Stephen Aleman Jun 13.

Shingle Style Lighting 8 Replies

With the Shingle Style coming at the end of the Victorian period and right before the A & C movement, I am having trouble finding images of period-correct lighting.  My house is 1903 and both house styles can be seen in it.  I'd love to find illustrations or interior photos of historic, shingle styles homes.  Thank you!Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Randall Marder Jun 13.

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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

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Posted by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

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