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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust posted an event

Wright Plus 2015 at Various Locations

May 16, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Join us for the 41st annual Wright Plus, an internationally renowned architectural housewalk featuring rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate…See More
Charles J replied to Charles J's discussion Rare Vintage Victorian Letter Box
"Thanks for all of the input on this. The mailbox has been sold."
Lair Tienter replied to StoneHouseGuy's discussion Drilling into my Newel Post
"I've done this several times.  Most of the posts are hollow.  If you pry the top of the post off and run the wiring all the way through only having to drill a hole in the bottom.  Drill a small hole in the top only large enough…"
StoneHouseGuy posted a discussion

Drilling into my Newel Post

Happy Holidays all,During one of our many antique shop forays we found a terrific old (gigantic) candlestick from an old church. We purchased it planning to wire it and use it as a newel post. I haven't yet wired it - just no time with the holidays…See More
Charles J replied to Charles J's discussion Rare Vintage Victorian Letter Box
"Thanks, Lair. Appreciate it."
Lair Tienter replied to Charles J's discussion Rare Vintage Victorian Letter Box
"Back in the 70's there were a few companies that made lots of these reproductions.  My self I had a mail box ( different than yours) 3 urns for the garden and two park benches.  All were made of cast aluminum and looked…"
Charles J replied to James Olson's discussion In The Garden
"Good for you! We've been successful replacing most of the lawn with more natural looking easy-to-constrain ground covers, which has also attracted more birds, frogs, and other creatures. If maple trees are not native they can be invasive. We…"
Dec 14
Charles J replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
"This thread is the best! You've all nailed it!"
Dec 14


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Rare Vintage Victorian Letter Box 7 Replies

For Sale: Vintage Victorian Mailbox.Name:                   Chazz SpinaPhone: 607-749-5361Email:                  dowhadaddy@aol.comCity:                    HomerState:  New York 13077Description:  Rare heavy, 31 pounds, cast iron mailbox. Made for hanging on wall but could be made to go on a pedestal if so desired.The front has two stand out figures that appear to be a postman handing mail to a customer with a small dog at her side.Has a lock but no key but takes a standard lock available…Continue

Started by Charles J in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Charles J on Thursday.

Drilling into my Newel Post 1 Reply

Happy Holidays all,During one of our many antique shop forays we found a terrific old (gigantic) candlestick from an old church. We purchased it planning to wire it and use it as a newel post. I haven't yet wired it - just no time with the holidays and all - but heres my question:How many of you have installed a light on your newel post and regretted drilling into it for the wiring ?Our foyer wood work is pretty much untouched (save a few paint splatters that I pick off with an exact knife) and…Continue

Started by StoneHouseGuy in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter on Thursday.

In The Garden 2 Replies

OHJ occasionally covers issues regarding gardens so, I guess, it could be mentioned here, too.For the first year or so living at our current address we maintained the in-ground sprinklers and the tidy "putting green" look of our yard.  My wife grew up with such as "what one does".  Me, not so much.  I like the look of broadleaf grass arched in quilted waves.  In such conditions dandelion and crabgrass doesn't take and one does not need to look for a soft place to relax; it's everywhere.Once the…Continue

Started by James Olson in The Old-House Attic. Last reply by Charles J Dec 14.

Easy rules for old house types 13 Replies

I had to share something i said to someone who was asking me advice about doing something on their old house. A Victorian like mine. It manifested itself into something that had to be written down...Four easy rules for any Victorian house renovation and restoration:Rule 1. Nothing is 'square'. "Square" is a notion or suggestion, not an absolute.Rule 2. Do NOT 'fight' the house. It has settled and moved for a 100+ years, tweaks, finesse or nudges are best.Rule 3. Let the 'old girl' tell you what…Continue

Started by Tom owns a Barber #1 in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Charles J Dec 14.



Started by ken douglas in Swaps and Sales Dec 14.

Do I have a Barber Home? 3 Replies

This home was built by Preston Downer for his daughter Nonnie when she married Joseph Moseley around 1896. The home is located near Fairview, KY. If you need any other information please let me know. I have included a few photos of the outside and inside. Sadly the house has been through several "makeovers" over the years.Diane Continue

Started by Diane Turner in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by caseypratt Dec 12.

Basement Vapor Barrier 5 Replies

I am in the process of buying a 1930s duplex as a rental property which has an older 3/4 basement used for storage, holds the furnaces and water heaters for the renters.  My bank thinks that I should have a vapor barrier for it?  Do I really need one?  If I do, is there an cheap way to do this? Thank you for your input! JGContinue

Tags: Duplex, Older, Basement, Barrier, Vapor

Started by Jon Griffith in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Lair Tienter Dec 11.

Joint compound on plaster walls 13 Replies

My husband is planning to use joint compound to patch our plaster walls.  I recall reading somewhere that this is not a good idea as they are not compatable or something.  Also, I hear a great deal about Master of Plaster and how it will stick to any surface.  Is this to say that other products will not adhere to paint, etc.?  Finally, I would like to skim coat the walls but have NO experience.  Is it difficult to get a smooth wall surface?

Started by Erin Braico in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by MattD Dec 9.

Period Style Antique Windows 2 Replies

Period Style Antique Windows and Storm Windows. Nearly 30 years in the business of reproducing solid hardwood sash with Tru Divided Lites using antique or modern glass and traditional glazing methods. 12 over 12, 6 over 6, 9 over 6 or any other configuration you can imagine, including arched and round tops. Complete set up pre hung units to individual sash of all sizes and shapes. One to a hundred and one, with special savings on quantity orders. 860-774-3047Continue

Started by Gordon Brennan in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Gordon Brennan Dec 9.

Seen anything like this before? And advice needed... 4 Replies

Has anyone seen anything like this before?My house is a 1923 bungalow of no particular style. The woodwork in the living and dining room is 90% original and unpainted.This set of folding doors separates my living and dining room. One side is three panels, the other side is two. When open, the panels can fold flat against the walls. Each panel is about the size of a normal door. They are hinged accordion-style.My problem: I can't use them. This photo is the only time I have ever had them closed.…Continue

Started by Kristi Wall in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Kristi Wall Dec 6.

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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 — 2 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 — 6 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 — 4 Comments

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