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Old House Journal

Old House Journal October/November 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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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
salvage for richer or poorer

This issue is heavy with salvaging: besides the rescued phone nooks, we tour two houses filled with salvaged parts. Most of the time, “salvage” means finding something old for reuse—a mantel, say. OHJ folks would use it as, well, a mantel, while crafty folks might turn it into a headboard. The ultimate salvage is, of course, the house itself. When an old house is kept from demolition or even extensive remodeling, it’s not only history that is salvaged. From a practical standpoint, salvage addresses the financial and environmental advantages of keeping embodied energy intact, and materials out of the landfill. Not every old house salvaged was or is a showpiece. Sometimes a building facing demolition must be moved; sometimes taking a grant or a tax break means following all sorts of…

1 min.
side notes

Restoration 101 Surely OHJ readers are the natural audience for this book, which shares our preservation approach. It posits that saving such character-defining features as windows and rooflines, mouldings and woodwork should be a given, even as we renovate for energy efficiency, comfort, and modern life. The book is part Vintage Houses by Hewitt and Bock, part McAlester’s Field Guide, and several parts early Old-House Journal, with a credible amount of true grit in the mix. A lot of information goes into 712 pages! Hanson, a preservation consultant who has restored his own historic house, covers a wide range of projects and house styles, always explaining the why-to along with the how-to. It’s not a picture book; photos are abundant but small and always there to serve a point made in…

2 min.
clean living

1. AN OZONE SANITIZER Eliminate germs and pathogens with the power of aqueous ozone. Fill the Sanitizing Spray Bottle with water, and the patented diamond electrolytic cell inside converts oxygen molecules into ozone (O3), which, when sprayed, destroys up to 99% of harmful bacteria. $199. O3 Waterworks, (978) 233-4840, O3waterworks.com 2. CORKER OF A FLOOR Because linoleum is composed of cork and other natural materials, Marmoleum Click Cinch Lok planks are naturally hygienic. The tiles also have a soundabsorbent cork backing and come in 23 colors and three sizes for endless design versatility. $4.79 to $5.79 per sq. ft. Forbo, (800) 842-7839, forbo.com 3. GOOD HYGIENE The Descanso pull-down faucet with knurled lever is shown in burnished brass, which like copper and bronze has antimicrobial properties. It’s accompanied by coordinating cold-water and soap dispensers. As…

1 min.
small treasures

1. BEAUTIFULLY SCALED Shown in rich shades of green and blue, Peacock tiles are from a line of hand-cut shapes that include zigzags, stars and hexes, and Arabesque-shaped Persian tiles. They’re available in 2.5" x 2.25" and 3.75" x 3.25" sizes. $63 per sq. ft. Clay Squared to Infinity, (612) 781-6409, claysquared.com 2. SHADES OF GREEN The hand-pressed, matte-glazed tiles made to order for a custom fireplace installation are accented by 6" x 6" decorative pinecone and bachelor’sbutton tiles. Accent tiles: $46 each. Field tiles: $5 to $15 each. Carreaux du Nord, (920) 553-5303, carreauxdunord.com 3. KALEIDOSCOPIC So popular the first batch sold out in days, the 4" x 4" hex paperweight is inspired by founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton’s hexagonal glaze tests. Each high-fired stoneware weight is handpressed and -glazed. $64. Pewabic, (313) 626-2000,…

1 min.
arts & crafts houses

GO ONLINE TO VOTE! READERS’ PICK FACEBOOK.COM/OLDHOUSEJOURNAL SWEET SPRINGS, MO / $175,000 This 1912 Chalet Bungalow is dripping with architectural detail, from the decorative half-timbered gables to battered columns on brick piers. Indoors, the beamed ceiling, room-dividing colonnade, and built-in buffet are in original, unpainted condition. ELKTON, VA / $284,900 Details on this 1923 bungalow include river-rock piers and chimney, ribbon-coursed shingles, and graceful arches in the porch roofline. Inside, original elements include river-rock fireplaces, the kitchen cabinets, and a vintage passage set with skeleton key. HACKETTSTOWN, NJ / $409,000 This ornate Free Classic Shingle Style house with Craftsman elements features an unusual crossgambrel roof and lavish architectural detail. Inside find dark paneled woodwork, a beamed ceiling, and a river-rock fireplace. OAKLAND, CA / $2,000,000 With a shingle-clad exterior in the style of Greene & Greene, this 1915 “Ultimate Bungalow”…

4 min.
a stay of demolition

The Queen Anne house was completed in 1899 for New Albany’s prominent businessman and benefactor Louis N. Hartman (1838–1917) and his third wife, Annie Katherine “Katie” Kunz. With its distinctive corner tower, it is believed to be a pattern-book plan by the Knoxville, Tennessee, architect George F. Barber. The house contains a profusion of oak, cherry, and butternut woodwork, parquet floors, and stained and beveled glass. The second floor’s walnut and oak flooring squares were manufactured by New Albany’s Wood Mosaic Company. Woodwork may have been milled at the Oak Street Planing Mill owned by Philip Schneider, father of Annie Katherine Kunz. Hartman was a German immigrant active in the Methodist church. While wealthy owners were by then building on Main Street, he chose to build on the site of his…