Join Old House Journal as we celebrate all month long with exclusive online content on all things restoration and preservation, giveaways, and a live webinar.
To follow along with us during Historic Preservation Month, be sure to check back here and on our social media sites all month long as we continue to share the message of “Saving Our Heritage One House at a Time” with the participation of our like-minded sponsors.
The Art of Preservation
Preservation is a strong theme in our May/June issue. The magnificent and unique “house that Teco built” looks virtually the same as when it was new, thanks to heroic efforts by a preservation-minded owner and architect. A house by Colonial Revival architect Royal Barry Wills, well-preserved by its designer–owner today, gets a sympathetic kitchen that complements the house rather than following today’s trends (p. 60). The owners of the 1732 farmhouse not only preserved the structure but also added period garden rooms and outbuildings.
Our restore article on flooring repairs emphasizes salvaging what is already there. As always, preservation of a streetscape and neighborhood is addressed, albeit with gallows humor, on the “Remuddling” page.
Every May, with the National Trust leading the way, preservation groups, historical societies, and related businesses bring focus to our country’s diverse heritage by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month. At a national level, coverage usually extends to civic projects, Main Street revitalization, Congressional tax initiatives, and state programs. We think that individual homeowners, however, deserve credit for a major, collective impact. It is the long-term, ongoing, privately financed rescue of millions of houses over many decades that preserves buildings, neighborhoods, and towns so that history may be read in three dimensions.
Since our first tissue, in 1973, OHJ’s coverage of DIY conservation and repair, historical design, and period-inspired work has fostered a steady praise of old houses—as embodied energy, as a tangible record of the past, and as an opportunity to live with history and maintain the local sense of place. This month, we step up coverage through social media and exclusive web content, with the participation of like-minded sponsors. Take time to walk around your historic districts or stay at a historic hotel. Learn about the National Trust and its programs at savingplaces.org
~ Patricia Poore, Editor-in-chief, Old House Journal
Case Studies of Residential Preservation
- The House a Pottery Built: Teco
- American Terra Cotta–And Teco
- A New Kitchen with a Preservation Ethic
- Colonial Kitchen Motifs
- Traditional Gardens for a Historic House
- Restoring Postwar Homes
- Design feature: On a Budget
- Old-House DIYer: Three decorative projects, a departure from our usual nitty-gritty.
- Belmont College: Learning by Doing
- Remuddling–Three hilarious missteps:
- FLIPPED WIG
- ONE-EYED WILLY
Historic Preservation Month Webinar
- Preserve History and Comfort
- Live webinar on May 16th, 2023 at 8 pm EST.
Preservation Help for Homeowners
- State Historic Preservation Offices
- Incentives for Old-House Preservation
- How to Research Your Home’s Past
- Easements Explained
Giveaways (Enter today to win!)
Win a free copy of one of this year’s Special Interest Publications: annual “bookazines” you’ll want to keep for inspiration and reference! [Cover value $11.99 + shipping: FREE!] No matter what you’re looking for, there is a giveaway for you!
- Win one of 10 Year-Long Print Subscriptions to Old House Journal
- Win one of 10 issues of the just-published Renovation LookBook
- Win one of 5 issues of our latest publication: Finding Home
- Win one of 5 issues of the special annual edition of New Old House
- Win one of 5 issues of the Arts & Crafts Home Annual Special and Resource Guide
Winners will be announced no later than June 10, 2023.