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New Old House, Winter 2020

Our popular annual edition is here! New Old House showcases period-inspired homes designed by the country’s top residential architects working in the classical, traditional, and period-inspired fields.

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A New-Old French-Style House

With a desire for a house that was traditional on the outside yet contemporary inside, this family of four turned to architect Wade Weissmann, and wrote their own chapter in the evolving architectural story of Lake Forest, Illinois.

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The Latest

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Repairs to Stairs

Tread and riser, baluster and handrail: a staircase can be merely utilitarian or a stunning work of art. There are many ways to build a staircase—box or spiral, dogleg or winding—and infinitely more ways for these complex structures to develop creaks, sags, or leans.

Rococo Mantel

Considering the Mantel

Like the staircase, a mantel is a prominent millwork element that may define the style of the house, if not its date. If yours is original and fits the house, wonderful! Be respectful in any upgrading.

Texas bungalow

A Texas Bungalow

A jewel of the Fairmount Historic District in Fort Worth, Texas, this chalet–bungalow has the quintessential Arts & Crafts interiors with period lighting, pottery, and Stickley furniture.

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A Royal Barry Wills Vermont Cape

Nothing captures American tradition like the respectfully modest, perfectly proportioned houses of Royal Barry Wills, the mid-century New England firm that specialized in Colonial Revival homes and reintroduced Cape Cod style.

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American Foursquare in Portland

Converted to commercial use and finally left vacant, this 1900 American Foursquare is once again an asset to the streetscape, its restored façade painted a jaunty mallard green.

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Texas bungalow

A Texas Bungalow

A jewel of the Fairmount Historic District in Fort Worth, Texas, this chalet–bungalow has the quintessential Arts & Crafts interiors with period lighting, pottery, and Stickley furniture.

Royal Barry Wills house

A Royal Barry Wills Vermont Cape

Nothing captures American tradition like the respectfully modest, perfectly proportioned houses of Royal Barry Wills, the mid-century New England firm that specialized in Colonial Revival homes and reintroduced Cape Cod style.

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American Foursquare in Portland

Converted to commercial use and finally left vacant, this 1900 American Foursquare is once again an asset to the streetscape, its restored façade painted a jaunty mallard green.

traditional Colonial style, Patrick Ahearn

A Traditional New England Colonial

Re-imagining traditional New England Colonial style, architect Patrick Ahearn has created a home that is welcoming and snug—and that offers a true sense of place—for a family west of Boston.

Repairs & How-to

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Repairs to Stairs

Tread and riser, baluster and handrail: a staircase can be merely utilitarian or a stunning work of art. There are many ways to build a staircase—box or spiral, dogleg or winding—and infinitely more ways for these complex structures to develop creaks, sags, or leans.