Leah Acosta
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  • Pittsford, VT
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Stained Glass in an 1820's Federal??
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I'm being reminded just what a babe in the woods I am, when it comes to a house THIS old.  Can anyone tell me...would stained glass be at all "period appropriate" to an 1820's federal??  Clearly,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by jane Mar 13, 2010.

Cheap source for Lolly Columns, please?
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In the course of investigation that has led me to believe that our 1827 brick federal was built NOT "on the site of the 1791 original house" but rather, having made a walk-out cellar of the original…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark W. Hoffa Nov 26, 2013.

Painted pine floor - looking for pictures
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Hi everyone.  Can anyone suggest sources/locations of photos of painted pine floors from early 19th century?  I've found a few but they are from a "country" style farmhouse, but I'm needing some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Maher Jan 28, 2010.

OOPS, I did it again!
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I swore I was not taking on any new projects this winter. Only 3 months here, and we've had to do major repairs on every appliance, the heating system, and the plumbing is still in ruins. I really…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leah Acosta Jan 19, 2010.


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Just took on a ca. 1827 Brick Federal that was the "Iron Master's" personal home. The furnace foundations still stand, but the company store, company post office and company schoolhouse are either gone or reduced to rough outlines in the ground. We love old houses, and have dreamed of a project like this. Now we are wondering if we should have been careful what we wished for!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
The Iron Master's house will be my 5th restoration project, but my first federal. I've done everything from a brick victorian to a New Mexico colonial adobe, but I'm out of my depth here. I'm going to be begging for help! Built in 1827, I believe it's been thoroughly "remuddled" in the 1850's (?). I'm trying to envision what the original floor plan must have looked like!

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At 1:04pm on February 18, 2011, Mike Greene said…
I used to own The Iron Master's Inn in Pittsford 84-88. There is a book in the Pittsford Library on "Granger" The Smith Family updated the place in the 1850"s. There is a picture in that book that showes the earlier house and it was a story and 1/2. I think they added the full second story and attic. The second story is post and beam construction as the posts show in the corners of the bedroons. very strange. I think when they added on they used older methods and some of the doors are federal. most of the main rooms were Victorianised. The house was in the Smith family for a hundred years or so and Alan Hitchcock bougth it with approx. 70 acres. he sold it to me the next year with just the 3 acres. Let me know how you are doing.  PS. I replaced the 14 ft columns in the front with copies I ordered from PA. Oh yeah Perry King's family owned it for a summer house before Hitchcock bought it...
At 1:07pm on February 18, 2011, Mike Greene said…
I named the Inn. was considering "The Iron Munger's Inn" as he was called at the turn if the 19th century.

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