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Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall Marder Nov 26, 2012.


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Donald Shore replied to Katie's discussion Stained crackle glazed tile
"This is great suggestion!  "
Apr 8, 2015
Donald Shore replied to Quintin - Walt Tiffany's discussion original victorian interiors
"The grammar of ornament by Owen Jones was an important design guide.  It is a book to teach through the examples of antiquities what good design derives from."
Feb 2, 2015
Donald Shore replied to Katie's discussion Stained crackle glazed tile
"I wouldn't beat yourself up too much about it… not much to do to beyond what you have.  If the grout is clean,  you probably got any gremlins treated.  A penetrating sealer might help. The discoloration may not be mildew,…"
Jan 12, 2015
Donald Shore replied to Michael Murray's discussion 1924 Fireplace
"Just a thought, but there appears to be a gap under the front edge which reveals the original hearth.   Use a tool to probe the base shoe to get some information about what it is… slate, tile, other. It may be that there is a hidden…"
Dec 2, 2014
Donald Shore replied to Tom owns a Barber #1's discussion Easy rules for old house types
"Corollary to Rule 2….  If you bang on it here… it is likely to crack over there…."
Nov 11, 2014
Donald Shore replied to Marla McCulloch's discussion Help With Fireplace
"I have been in the historic tile fireplace business for along time… I have seen this before.  Probably no flue, it is ornamental. If it is an outside wall you could probably find a modern fireplace to install there. My theory on these…"
Nov 11, 2014
Donald Shore replied to Michelle Vibonese's discussion Restoring a front door - maybe?
"It is an obvious answer… don't change the exterior features. I would put on a deck that is a natural and logical extension from the house… I would not make the door functional.  The inviting nature of the deck as viewed from…"
Jul 16, 2014
Donald Shore replied to Lori Lunsford's discussion Coal Burning Fireplace - installing gas insert
"Albany Institute of History and Art has an extensive collection of cast iron stoves.  They have a research librarian that may be able to find the CRC&M Company. Albany had a very lively cast iron foundry network and made lots of…"
Mar 24, 2013

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Tell us about yourself:
I am a "small is beautiful" (in the EF Schumacher sense) and Jane Jacob's minded economic thinker.

Love cities and the feel of a Main Street.
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
My wife and I have owned two mixed use buildings. One is a series of two car garages ca 1890, that we used for our business/house, and are in the process of converting to a small art-centric manufacturing incubator.

Our second building is a School which was built in the 1920's which we are working to "re-purpose" with an historic/old house sensibility.

My dream is to make my buildings/business inspire others to respect the value of old houses and buildings.

My business for the past 25 years has been ceramic tile manufacturing on a small scale (by industrial standards). The major focus of the business has been to make historically accurate tile that can be used in the preservation of historic structures. Over the years I have been involved in projects as large as State Capitols/Subway stations and as small as a single tile to fix an old fireplace hearth.

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1920's school house roof repair

The roof on my school house is possibily original. The roof has a shallow pitch and is very nearly flat at one end.

It is a pretty heavy guage metal with a thin fibrous tarpaper over the metal. A couple of years ago the whole roof was silver coated.

There have been a number of patches where cracks are showing, the repairs have been with fibre tape and plastic roofing tar.

So i noticed that all around the perimeter, the metal bends down and is nailed into a… Continue

Posted on October 31, 2009 at 6:18pm

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At 8:02am on May 8, 2009, MallorySusott said…
Thank you for the info on the vitrolite. The bathroom does also have the same kind of paneling except it has green marbled through out instead of that pale red on the fireplace. Both sets of vitrolite are original to the house which was built in 1925. Good luck with your own renovations, that old schoolhouse conversion sounds cool.
At 9:47am on February 4, 2010, Heather Cosby said…
We will be doing most of it ourselves. The biggest challenge is that the entire inside has been gutted. I have been trying to determine what style the house is, and from what I can gather it is a combination of a few different Victorian styles. I am hoping to get some new ideas from this site here!
At 10:40am on April 11, 2011, Shelley said…
Hi "friend"!
At 5:15pm on April 11, 2011, Shelley said…

Donald-here is the tile.  Let me know your thoughts.


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