EH Spring/Summer 2017

Early Homes magazine Spring-Summer 2017

Welcome to homes from Cape Cod to North Carolina in this wide-ranging issue of Early Homes—our biannual special edition from the publishers of Old House Journal. A theme emerged: revival interpretations of American tradition. First up is a 1949 garrison Colonial by the architect Royal Barry Wills. The Connecticut garden began with a formal period layout. Our visit to a historic house museum delivers an interesting twist: the Massachusetts house is quite old, built in 1780, but it was moved and Colonial Revival-ized by an antiques collector in 1936, giving us an example of Old Colonies Style with upgraded finishes, fireplaces, and hooked rugs. I learned about a new vernacular form: the Pennsylvania stove-room house, a variation of the German Continental Plan. “Stove room house” is the description used by Steve Friesen in his book A Modest Mennonite Home, and also by Philip E. Pendleton in his book Oley Valley Heritage. Even in new construction, traditional work is ongoing. Whether you’re in the midst of a major restoration, or building an addition or a reproduction house, take note of the updated Design Center listings covering roofing and siding, windows and doors, millwork and more.

Products of the Week

A pendant light over the door adds a stately touch to the ubiquitous Victorian porch; Brass Light Gallery’s London Lantern mimics the design of 19th-century streetlights.

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