December 2008 Blog Posts (9)


66 Franklin Street, New London Connecticut


Circa 1866 Italianate House in New London, Connecticut

This house at 66 Franklin Street is at the corner of Hempstead Street in the Hempstead Street Historic District. The area is in the midst of significant revitalization and most of the homes are part of a mid-19th century neighborhood built during New… Continue

Added by Laura on December 29, 2008 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

Let's Get Janusian with our Creative Thinking of Selling an Historic Home!

What is Janusian Thinking? Some of the best inventors, creators and inventions have brought two opposites together to create something new, unique and useful.

In 1979, Dr. Albert Rothenberg, a noted researcher on the creative process, coined the term "Janusian Thinking" for the Roman god Janus, who had two faces that looked in opposite directions. Dr. Rothenberg saw elements of Janusian Thinking in the works of Einstein, Picasso and Mozart. Also -- if you look at everyday objects… Continue

Added by Bruce Rosenbaum on December 22, 2008 at 12:10pm — No Comments

The DIY plumber

My toilet had been running intermittently for longer than I care to admit—but finally, last week, the incessant sound of running water (not to mention the massively guilty conscience that resulted from the incessant sound of running water) got the best of me, and I started doing some Internet research to determine what might be wrong. A few helpful sites suggested that the repair might be as simple as buying and installing a new flapper, so I drained the tank, disconnected the old one, and took… Continue

Added by Clare Alexander on December 12, 2008 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Tear downs and resulting infill housing

I just stumbled onto this forum and it looks like a great resource. Perhaps someone here can point me in the right direction.

Our community is still in the habit of tearing down old homes that should have been caught and stabilized before they got to this state. The result is we end up with vacant lots or cheap, undersized infill housing. I'm looking for any studies or analysis that I could present to city officials on the effects of such practices on neighboring home values etc. Or,… Continue

Added by Rick McGrath on December 11, 2008 at 4:26pm — 4 Comments


My name is Sharon Steele. I am a Sales Associate with Burgdorff Realtors in Westfield, NJ. I believe I am the only real estate agent out there who actually DOESN'T want to sell a home. You see, I am writing to you on behalf of a client of mine who is facing financial difficulty. This is such a sign of the times, I know, but this situation arose from a series of devastating circumstances, not poor fiscal judgment. My clients, Craig and Yvonne Schaible, have virtually saved a local treasure from… Continue

Added by Sharon Steele on December 8, 2008 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Porch Flooring Alternative

My husband and I are restoring a house built in 1913 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. One of our many projects involves replacing the porch and deck flooring. The porch/deck system wraps 3/4 of the way around the house and only one section is covered by a porch roof.

One of the criteria for the replacement flooring was that the same material could be used in a tongue and groove (T&G) configuration as well as a 1x4 deck configuration. The traditional choice for T&G is Douglas Fir, but… Continue

Added by Sheila Smack on December 8, 2008 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Restoring polychrome finishes

I am currently restoring the polychorme finishes on some wall sconses for our 1916 home. I have been doing some research into the method and have found that the finish is washed on in layers. But I can't find any more about the process. Does anyone out there know what materials were used? Shellac based or oil? I have been able to just wash up most of the fixtures and rewire them preserving the original finish but several were spraypainted faux gold which ruined the paint. thanks for any… Continue

Added by greg on December 8, 2008 at 3:13am — 1 Comment


If you think homeschooling refers only to parents teaching their children, think again. In Portland, Oregon, some homeschooling of my favorite variety—the kind that has the best interests of historic houses at heart—will be taking place via an innovative holiday open house. The in-progress fire restoration of a 1937 Tudor is being opened up to the community to help answer questions about fire safety, home repairs and design, era appropriate materials and fixtures, researching house history—you… Continue

Added by Demetra on December 5, 2008 at 1:09pm — 4 Comments

Window question

My house is a bungalow, built in 1927. While trying to tighten up my windows for winter, I noticed that the downstairs and upstairs windows are different. The downstairs windows have a metal track marked "Chamberlin Patent February 10, 1925." The track has a protrusion which sticks up into a groove in the bottom of the window. The upstairs windows do not have this metal track, and there is no groove in the windows to receive it.

Has anyone ever heard of Chamberlin windows? Why would… Continue

Added by Judith Marks on December 2, 2008 at 1:35pm — 9 Comments

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