Quick Review of Bernie Herman’s ‘The Stolen House’

Bernie Herman’s The Stolen House, first published in 1992, investigates and reconstructs a small community in the Cypress Swamp of southern Delaware during the first decades of the United States, from roughly the 1780s to the 1820s — using the taking-off point of a stolen house.  Yes, a stolen house. Basically, after Benjamin Christopher died

Hubka’s “Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn” Examines New England’s Historic Connected Farms

In Thomas Hubka’s Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, he studies the phenomenon of the connected farm landscape of northern New England in the 19th century. Published in 1984, Hubka’s work was on the forefront of defining and expanding the field of vernacular studies. In Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, Hubka examines […]

Book Review: Abbott Lowell Cummings’ “Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725”

Published in 1979, The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725 was a giant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture, and it remains a foundational reference work for scholars of colonial architecture in Massachusetts and beyond. Focusing on the “first period” of settlement, from roughly 1620-1720, Cummings’ excellent work is an encyclopedic and systematic evaluation of […]

The Early History of Christmas Trees in America’s Historic Houses

For some reason, christmas trees and historic houses just go together.  Both, in their own way, seem to embody tradition, nostalgia, the bonds of family, and c0ntinuity over time.  Perhaps this is why there are few things that strike me as more timeless than a beautiful historic home decked out in traditional Christmas decor.  It […]

Richardsonian Mansion in Sharon, PA being “eBayed”

Many-a-time on our road trips between Connecticut and Ohio, we would exit I-80 to stop for gas near a small city named Sharon, just after crossing the border from Ohio into Pennsylvania.   Yet we never really drove into town, feeling we didn’t have time to casually “explore” on such a long trip.  But had I […]

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Are you a real estate agent that specializes in historic properties?  Or wants to?  Or perhaps you’re an old house enthusiast that would like to really know your architecture, and brag to all your friends as you identify the age & style of the houses in your area? The essential source for hobbyists, real estate agents, […]