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Meet The Fabulous Couple Who Are Restoring This Incredible Texas Home

by Shannon Lee. Photos courtesy of the A.S. Mason House Imagine sitting in a rocking chair on a wide, long front porch, fanning your face with the evening paper and watching the shadows of ancient oak trees as they slowly move across the lawn. Or imagine opening the doors on the second-floor balcony and stepping out to look at the impressive view of green trees and well-tended

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My Perfect Little Money Pit is Worth Every Penny

by Shannon Lee When it was time for Chris Brandt to purchase a home, not just any house would do. It had to be a very special place, with architecture that wowed, an interesting history, and the potential to be a perfect time capsule home. He found exactly what he wanted with this gorgeous 1928 Master Model home in Rochester, NY. He and his long-time girlfriend, Kit, have poured heart and soul into restoring their Perfect Little Money

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The Cracker House Project: Saving History on the Missouri River

by Shannon Lee St. Joseph, Missouri is a quaint town nestled on the banks of the Missouri River. The town’s early claims to fame include being a gateway to the “Wild West,” the home of Jesse James and the starting point of the Pony Express. Today the beautiful downtown area is filled with buildings of historical significance, including a large brick Italianate known as the Cracker

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Meet the Amazing Couple Who Just Bought This Incredible Indiana Fixer-Upper

by Shannon Lee. Photos by Jane Daniels Photography. Joshua Targownik is ready to get out of town. Los Angeles, that is. His desire to restore a home to its original beauty has been eating at him for years, and his girlfriend has been itching to get back to Indiana. The result was the purchase of the Kirby-McMillion House, a home with stunning potential for these two do-it-yourselfers. Here’s how they intend to start bringing this 1861 beauty back to her original

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This Amazing Couple Bought Their Old Home for Only $25,000

by Shannon Lee To lovers of old homes and fixer-uppers, Sandra Brown and her husband Bert are living the dream. In 2015, they stumbled upon a beautiful foursquare in the tiny town of Sparta, Georgia. Built in 1900, she had fallen into disrepair, and was in desperate need of someone who would see the beauty in her original wood trim, windows and doors, as well as the stunning six (count ‘em, six!) fireplaces throughout the over 3,000 square foot

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15 Years and Counting: Restoring a Massive Victorian Home on Danville’s “Millionaire’s Row”

by Shannon Lee Some people spend their whole lives dreaming about buying and a renovating a big, old fixer-upper. Others actually take the plunge. Talking with Carla Minosh of The Danville Experience about her beautiful Victorian home is an utter delight. Her voice glows with warmth as the talks about the Sublett-Miller House, the home she and her husband purchased over 15 years ago in Danville, VA. Originally built in 1874 on “Millionaire’s Row,” the home offered a wealth of possibility, and was a promising challenge for the restoration-minded couple. They had recently completed work on their solid stone 1945 cape cod, and thought the Sublett-Miller house would be a “fun” new project.   Indeed, it was and is – almost sixteen years later, the restoration work is still going strong. Carla took time from her

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Our Favorite Historical Inns to Visit this Fall!

by Katy Mendenhall. Photo Courtesy of Boston Business Times How about a little fall vacation? Hoping in the car and driving to a quaint, historic inn for the weekend sounds perfect! I have researched and come up with some beautiful pieces of history that you can stay in today. After all, inns and B&Bs are a great alternative to the more expensive hotel chains. They offer a more personal experience and usually have compelling stories to share.   Here are 5 places I believe will inspire you, and hopefully even turn you onto staying in a historic inn during your

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What the Rest of the Country Can Learn From Niagara Falls

by Elizabeth Finkelstein Not long ago, I received an email from Seth Piccirillo, the Community Development Director for the City of Niagara Falls, NY. Most of you probably know Niagara Falls for the falls themselves, and are less familiar with the historical city that lies beyond and is filled to the brim with late 19th and early 20th century vernacular architecture. Seth told me that his city was working “to do something new with old, vacant, city-owned but beautiful houses” — something to deter them from being “demolished, sold to a slum lord or left to rot.” (Seth, you’re a man of my own heart!) He went on to describe the city’s fantastic new home ownership auction, open to people willing to live in abandoned homes while renovating them. I’m sold!   As an old house lover

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Preservation Greenpoint Brooklyn | Matthew Coody & Jennifer Schork

I’m staying close to home with today’s Historic House Heroes post, as I have a serious soft spot for the neighborhood of Greenpoint in North Brooklyn. My husband’s office is in an old rope factory there, and when we moved in we found handwriting on an interior column that read: “Last bale in this house: August 31, 1928. 2:25 p.m. Billy, Freddy, Henry.” It is hard to be in Greenpoint and not feel a connection to the old working Brooklyn waterfront, as so much of its architecture recalls that significant past. What developed as a shipbuilding mecca in the 1830s is today a spirited community known as much for its artistic flair as for its pierogi and kielbasa. This vibrant, mixed culture is contained within a colorful assortment of industrial loft buildings and vernacular

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Mark Goff & Phillip Engel of 227 North Street

For residents of the small town of Healdsburg, California, the old Marshall House at 227 North Street had been — until just a few years ago — an object of great curiosity. At least since the 1950s, the long-neglected home had been in a sad state, it’s foundation slowly sinking into the ground. Old-timers remember peeking into the house as children, believing it be haunted.   When Mark Goff & Phillip Engel were looking for a home in wine country, they had no intention of taking on a restoration project. But after falling in love with the 1870 home, they bit the bullet, began a multi-year adventure, and instantly became local heroes. I started following their restoration blog a couple years ago and feel, in a way, that I have lived through some of the ups

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Cher Vick: One Woman’s Quest to Transform a City

From our tiny abodes in New York City, the staff of CIRCA Houses loves to dream about the City of Newburgh, NY. Located just two hours up the Hudson River, breathtaking waterfront mansions by the likes of Calvert Vaux and Andrew Jackson Downing are being sold for less than the cost of a Manhattan studio apartment. Newburgh is the next big thing – we can just feel it! – in no small part due to the efforts of Cher Vick, editor of the fantastic website Newburgh Restoration. For this reason among so many others, she’s CIRCA Houses’ inaugural Historic House

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