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Old House Journal's tours of beautiful old houses in a variety of styles including Arts & Crafts, Greek Revival, Mid-Century Modern, and Queen Anne. Also see inside historic old-house sites, restorations of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, and learn basic terminology of old-house architecture. 

Craftsman renovation

Craftsman Bungalow Renovation

In 2015, we began a meticulous renovation of our 1917 Craftsman Bungalow home with a view of completing it for its 100th birthday.

Traditional Norwegian wood carving

A Norwegian House in Maine

This Norwegian house has a history as storybook as its vernacular architecture.

Italianate entrance

A Restored Italian Villa

A serial restorer turned preservation consultant spent 20 years bringing back the 1861 Governor Curry Mansion—a tall order, as the Italian Villa in Portland, Oregon, had been added to, moved, and abused.

Ohio bungalow, Sears kit house

Kit Houses from Sears, Roebuck

A bungalow built from a pre-cut kit sold through a catalog.

bungalow garden, bungalow exterior

Restoration of Sears Kit Bungalow

A couple embarks on the restoration of a Sears kit bungalow, aiming to reverse a mid-century Colonial-style remodeling. Replacing one wall with a period colonnade lets light flow front to back.

circular library, Spanish Colonial

A Spanish Colonial Rescue

The makeover of an abandoned 1940 Spanish Colonial in Tucson involved saving original elements, removing a poor 1980s addition—and then adding three towering round rooms!

Arts & Crafts exterior

Arts & Crafts Revival Home

A new Arts & Crafts-style house made by craftspeople satisfies the desire for detail.

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Arts & Crafts Craftsman Makeover

With generous living space yet a focus on the outdoors, an undistinguished cottage is rebuilt in the Craftsman tradition.

Spanish Colonial Revival

Spanish Colonial Revival

A well-crafted, enduring style: 1882–1940.

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A Cottage All Grown Up

Beautifully imagined and carefully edited, the 1886 house is a Victorian Revival jewel box, all in 1700 square feet (and that includes the basement).

Craftsman bungalow

Restored Craftsman Bungalow Simplified

Fake siding and popcorn ceilings didn’t faze restoration veterans who saw the inherent charm of this Craftsman bungalow-style Colonial Revival House in northwest Oregon. They set about making it right again.

Mediterranean Revival house

A Restored Mediterranean Revival

This restored Mediterranean Revival gets a new lease on life, thanks to owners intent on protecting its architectural past.

mural painting by Athos Menabon, entryway, Philip Trammell Shutze House

A 1939 Philip Trammell Shutze House

Interior designer Tammy Connor and architect Yong Pak restore its original integrity to a 1939 Philip Trammell Shutze house.

French Creole home

A French Creole Home in Louisiana

Grace and authenticity characterize a French Creole home designed by Historical Concepts for a couple’s transition to downsized living.

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1927 Georgian-style Home

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects renovates a 1927 Georgian-style home in New York’s Westchester County.

A-frame, The Bradley Hut

The Mania for A-Frames

From its rediscovery in the 1930s to becoming the quintessential American vacation house in the 1950s, the A-frame represented the fun side of mid-century modern architecture.

Blue Dragon by Benjamin Moore paint, Palm Beach kitchen

A Palm Beach Kitchen

Designer Sarah Blank brings a fresh perspective to a kitchen in Palm Beach, Florida.

cascading stone staircase

Connecticut French Norman-style Manor

For a French Norman-style manor on a Connecticut estate, architect Charles Hilton took inspiration from Marie Antoinette’s Hameau de la Reine at Versailles.

open-air pavilion pool house

Award-winning Pool House

Haver & Skolnick designs an award-winning pool house for a gentleman’s farm in Connecticut.

new old house pool

A Santa Monica Heirloom Garden

Refreshing a neglected heirloom garden.

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Connecticut Farmhouse With Modern-day Amenities

Newly built but using an antique vocabulary, this Connecticut farmhouse evokes New England’s colonial past while offering modern-day amenities.

English manor, Atlanta home, Harrison Design

English Manor in Atlanta

Timeless in design and at one with the historic neighborhood—Atlanta’s Tuxedo Park—this English manor created by Harrison Design is an instant classic and a comfortable family home.

Gil Schafer coastal retreat

Architect Gil Schafer's Coastal Retreat

Architect Gil Schafer renovates an A-frame house in Maine as his tranquil coastal retreat.

English Cotswold home

House Inspired by the English Countryside

Following the clients’ penchant, John Milner Architects looks to the English countryside for inspiration designing a new house with the massing and details of a traditional home.

farmhouse kitchen restoration

Unmuddling a 1790 Farmhouse

A designer describes the process of rescuing a jumbled farmhouse.

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Victorian polychrome paint scheme

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