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mike adelmann replied to mike adelmann's discussion Looking for a chandelier
"I figured as much. Thanks for the info. I will keep searching. The house has 3 others just like it and I did not want to change them all"
1 hour ago
Bill Hendrickson replied to I love old houses!'s discussion "UL" Listed Question? Light/Electric Issues
"Part of the problem with the sconces may be the sockets. They too may be unreliable. I would think if you can replace the sockets and the wiring, the rest is just tubing. If the larger cans can come out and smaller cans installed, then you are just…"
3 hours ago
Phil replied to mike adelmann's discussion Looking for a chandelier
"What a house!  The chandelier in the picture is from about 1920.  An exact match of shape, style, size, patina and shades will be very difficult.  Any shop you look in won't have a match, but iIf you comb ebay, you will find many…"
12 hours ago
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"Just finishing a kitchen renovation. Before and after."
13 hours ago
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robert eberwein replied to cynthia biner's discussion 1700'S SPRING HOUSE
"Did you ever learn anything about Springhouses!?!?! I too have one (circa 1780) and would love to get up to speed on several fronts (construction, keeping spring clear, fireplace). Did you get any leads/references? Thanks, Rob"
14 hours ago
I love old houses! posted a discussion

"UL" Listed Question? Light/Electric Issues

Our complete rewire is coming along on our new 1903 home.  Some sconces that are hand-carved wood were removed from the walls by the electricians.  They are very unique and cool!  The electricians say they cannot go back up and none of the antique…See More
15 hours ago
mike adelmann replied to mike adelmann's discussion Looking for a chandelier
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Looking for a chandelier 4 Replies

Hello. New to the forum. We just bought this house and are looking for a chandelier to keep continuity. I have attached a picture of what we are looking for. Any ideas? Thankschand.jpgContinue

Started by mike adelmann in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by mike adelmann 1 hour ago.

"UL" Listed Question? Light/Electric Issues 1 Reply

Our complete rewire is coming along on our new 1903 home.  Some sconces that are hand-carved wood were removed from the walls by the electricians.  They are very unique and cool!  The electricians say they cannot go back up and none of the antique lighting I have purchased can either because none of it is "UL" listed.  The sconces I purchased from ebay were already rewired, but this doesn't seem to make a difference.  I understand the electricians are working for a company and they have to make…Continue

Started by I love old houses! in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Bill Hendrickson 3 hours ago.

1700'S SPRING HOUSE 8 Replies

We recently purchased a stone/log home built in 1783.  A portion of the house has been restored. We are remodeling the kitchen - taking down about 8 layers of drywall, horse hair plaster etc. to expose a huge fire place.  It was quite fun!My question is about the the spring house we have on the property. It is a fairly large stone building. Built on or before the house. We are having it repointed right now which is not cheap but it should be beautiful when finished.  It is three stories.  The…Continue


Started by cynthia biner in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by robert eberwein 14 hours ago.

old cistern question 1 Reply

I have a problem  (of course!). My kitchen drain pipe goes into the basement, where it empties into a tile which leads outside to the cistern. Yesterday, I noticed it was backing up into the basement, and ran a hose through the tile to try to open it up.The blockage is about 7 feet from the house, and so I went out to the access tile, which is also blocked up. After trying to wash  it out with the hose, I finally decided to stick my arm down in there to see if I could feel anything.(I would not…Continue

Started by Shelley Reimer in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Mal & Greg 18 hours ago.

Pre-1900 home with some sections of unfinished flooring - need opinions 15 Replies

Hello,My husband and I are in the process of buying a pre-1900 home. It has been very well maintained and is very lovely... we feel like there isn't much we need to do to make it suit our personal tastes! However, we discovered that a lot of old homes often had a section in the middle of certain rooms (dining/parlour rooms) where the floor was left intentionally unfinished because back in those times people just did that since they intended to cover those sections of flooring with large area…Continue

Tags: sections, finish, flooring, unfinished, pre-1900

Started by Rkat in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Phil yesterday.

Reclaimed Travertine Wall Tiles from Louis Schwiter Mansion. Indianapolis.Indiana.

 We have 5 Crates of Wall Travertine Wall tile. (non filled inclusions)    Reclaimed from the Louis Schwitzer mansion that was demolished last year.   yet to actually measure the sq. footage, but we will try.   some have mitered corners. 1" thick.   1930's era.   accepting best offer.  Thanks for looking.  IF this is in the wrong area, we apologize, seems swaps and sales has changed a bit since i posted on it years back. thanks.…Continue

Started by Greg Neff in Swaps and Sales on Tuesday.

Introduction and Some Help 12 Replies

Hello,I am new to the site and am hoping some one can help me with a question about my house. I have a ~1915 Victorian house in upstate NY.Here is an image of the house when we purchased it.Here is a scan of a photo we were given of the house back in the day.…Continue

Started by Jim Quinn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Jim Quinn on Monday.

1832 Grist Mill & Land - Looking for Good Steward 2 Replies

The heirs of the GT Wilburn Estate are offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a genuine piece of Americana real estate. The heirs are seeking a visionary buyer to acquire this historic property. A unique investor who appreciates and will dedicate his/her ownership and stewardship to extend the 200- year history of this fantastic, legendary place in America’s history.…Continue

Tags: sale, for, Farmhouse, Mill, Grist

Started by GT Wilburn in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by GT Wilburn on Monday.

What can we do with the old doors? 7 Replies

Our house was built in 1864.  As the result of several renovations, there are about a dozen doors in our attic.  They are heavy, solid wood doors..  I am sure they are worth something to the right person.  We are located in DeKalb, Illinois. Any ideas?Continue

Tags: doors

Started by Elaine Cozort in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by James Olson on Sunday.

Blog Posts

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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