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Tell us about yourself:
architect, historian, farmer, volunteer, with extended family
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
have always lived in one, have worked on repair, reuse, expansion for more than40 years.
Began to write about old houses in 1989 when I realized I spoke English about architecture.
Just had article on original green published
http://jgrarchitect.blogspot.com, sundaydrivemerrimackvalley.blogsp...

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Stucco, c. 1827

Not quite on the subject of mortar, but too good not to share -

Asher Benjamin's "American Builder's Companion", 6th edition, 1827, includes ornamental stucco patterns and instructions, with this footnote:

"The stucco is made of lime putty, mixed with pulverized marble, or raw plaster of Paris, with sometimes a little white sand and a little white hair, to prevent it from cracking. The mixture is then put on a dry wall for 24 hours, after which it is taken off and well beaten,… Continue

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 11:19am

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At 11:39pm on October 7, 2008, Phil said…
Jane -glad to see you on the new site. I have always enjoyed your OHJ forum posts. I also like your interesting blogspot blog too.
At 12:23pm on November 18, 2008, John Leeke said…
Hi Jane, it's nice to "see" you again. Years ago I met your dad in Exeter, NH, I think he was showing me his barn book. He talked about your good works and after that you and I talked a few times.

I missed your talk in Bennington on "Original Green." I think you mentioned the Park-McCullough house. Have you seen the incredible early gravity ventilation system in that place? The place was a real jumble when I went through it back in the 1980s (or 70s?) I think I recall big wooden ducts that go up through the building with large air intakes at the cellar, etc. Did anyone ever figure all that out and put it back into operation?

At 6:54pm on August 23, 2009, Laura said…
Thank you SOOO much. We just had the house inspected today and it did GREAT. Do you think it is older than the date of 1900 listed on the paperwork? I think I will do some digging. Your comments were fantastic, and we are so excited. It has 2 staircases, the winding stairs are in the front, and there are some very narrow steep steps off the kitchen in the back.
At 12:18pm on November 30, 2009, Demetra said…
Thanks Jane,
We're going to consider an approval process for this site.
I appreciate your suggestion.
Best - Demetra

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