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Old House Journal June 2020

The Original Restoration Magazine for people who are passionate about old houses to repair, rehabilitate, update, and decorate their homes; covering all classic American architectural styles,—from the earliest Colonial-era buildings to grand Victorians of every variety to Arts & Crafts bungalows and mid-century ranches.

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in this issue

2 min.
papa’s papering escapade

Wallpapering is, apparently, hilarious. Enough so to have been memorialized in popular songs that have Father, Papa (or, occasionally, Sammy) messing up as the paste flies and the family scatters. I learned of this when wallpaper historian Bo Sullivan [bollingco.com] shared a note he’d gotten from Brooklyn reader Rob Donohoe, who wrote: “This is a song my mother, who is now 96, taught me, which her father used to sing to her. He was born in 1887. Enjoy the lyrics.” One version of the song seems to have been published (if not written) in 1914. It goes like this: When father hung the paper on the wall, /He put the parlor paper in the hall. /He papered all the stairs! /He papered all the chairs! /He put the border on Grandmother¹s shawl!…

1 min.
side notes

100 PAINTINGS Architectural artist Leisa Collins, a New Zealand transplant to the U.S., has hit the century mark in her series of “portraits” of historic houses in Portland, Oregon. Subjects were selected by the artist or commissioned; many will be included in her upcoming book of pen-and-watercolor drawings of old houses across the United States. “Portland is a leader in preserving historic homes,” she says, “—especially the smaller Craftsman and Tudor styles that sit on bigger lots, which in other cities [are being torn down and replaced] with houses that look like the mother ship landed.” Collins hopes to increase awareness and put a dent in the teardown trend: “Homes I’ve painted are no longer standing, and none were lemons or dilapidated wrecks.” In 2013, Collins instituted an annual preservation award…

2 min.

1. HAND-CAST ACANTHUS The Acanthus plaster medallion is hand-cast in exquisitely detailed molds from pottery plaster reinforced with hemp fiber. The medallion is 30" wide and 3 ½" thick; $225. It weighs 25 lbs. and is delivered freight. Vintage Hardware & Lighting, (360) 379-9030, vintagehardware.com 2. TWENTIES PEACOCK Lush with blossoms and a fabled avian, Peacock Garden is typical of 1920s-era wallpapers in coloration and style. The machine-printed paper has a repeat of 27" with a half-drop match. It’s sold in double rolls (60 square feet) for $175 per roll. Bradbury & Bradbury, (707) 746-1900, bradbury.com 3. FORMAL CORNERS Add depth and relief to a ceiling with wood mouldings, from simple to ornate. Shown is a customized version of the #3005 moulding, minus a band of oak-leaf embossing ($4.32 per linear foot for a straight…

1 min.
gate, garage

1. SLEEK IN BRONZE Made by a company known for its custom hardware designs, the drop-bar gate latch with arch lever comes in a rugged or smooth finish (shown). In solid bronze, each measures 4 ¾" x 3 ¼"; $546.25. Coastal Bronze, (877) 227-6603, coastalbronze.com 2. WROUGHT AND WAXED The wrought-iron Cottage latch is available as either a left- or right-facing set. The wax-coated spring latch connects to a ring handle with a flower motif. Sets include mounting screws and measure 8" wide x 4" high with a 2" projection; $54.95. The Kings Bay, (800) 910-3497, thekingsbay.com 3. GRAVITY CLOSE The historically inspired Cannonball gate closer ensures an automatic close. Attach the chain and forged-steel ball between post and gate, and let gravity do the work. Deluxe version, including mounting hardware and gate stop: $75.99.…

1 min.
the 18th century

GO ONLINE TO VOTE! READERS’ PICK FACEBOOK.COM/OLDHOUSEJOURNAL SHEFFIELD, MA/$450,000 Once an 18th-century tavern, this clapboarded saltbox has an unusual flared door surround and 12/8 sash windows. A walk-in stone fireplace (plus four others), wide-plank floors, original doors, built-in cupboards, exposed beams, and period hardware remain inside. PETERSBURG, VA/$424,950 Mansfield was the home of emancipation activist Elizabeth Keckley. The inverted T plan from 1740 includes an unusual dual-pitch roof in front and a Georgian hipped roof at the rear. Inside, find exceptional Georgian mantels, high ceilings, and a grand staircase in its period rooms. ALLENTOWN, NJ/$290,000 Built about 1720 and with later 18th-century additions, this side-hall Georgian features 9/9 parlor level windows and a transom. Inside: random width pine floors, hand-hewn exposed beams, plank doors with original hardware, and staircase. ANCHORAGE, KY/$795,000 Constructed in the 1780s of hand-hewn timber, this two-storey…

2 min.
a unique rescue

Built as a duplex for the Queen City Cotton Company, our home is located in a unique, factory-town neighborhood in Burlington, Vermont. Constructed at the turn of the century, it had side-by-side units each with an identical six-room plan, with no indoor plumbing or central heat. Each duplex had an outhouse in the backyard, and a coal stove on the first floor, which heated the house. Fourteen duplexes were built in the neighborhood called Lakeside—aptly named for its location on the shore of Lake Champlain. The original town plan was organized around a common green, and the town included a doctor’s office, child care, and a company store. We purchased the property in 2012 and are only the third owners. (The Queen City Cotton Co. was the first!) Although the house retained…