Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house
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Hello! You have probably stumbled upon this website through a personal referral, through a do-it-yourself restoration search, or just by accident. In any case, welcome! You are about to watch the gradual transformation of a 1915 Georgian style Colonial Revival home from a house that has seen better days to a nicely restored example of one of the most important architectural styles of the early 20th century. We are restoring this house ourselves with lots of help from family and friends. We'll be tackling projects as time and funds allow, so don't expect this to all come together overnight. As these projects take place, we'll be posting updates on the progress accompanied by pictures and descriptions of what we did, as well as any lessons we may have learned along the way. Note that the procedures we use in this site may involve the use of potentially hazardous tools and chemicals. Safety and common sense apply if you decide to attempt anything you see on this site. We are merely sharing what we did and what worked for us. Your experiences may vary.

A quick overview of our site:

All updates will now be posted on the Updates page. Please check back with us often, as we try to update every week or two. (Last updated 09/08/15).

The history of our house that we uncovered through research at the state archives, the Baltimore Sun archives, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library is contained on the Background page.

A tour of the interior of our house, along with completed, current, and future projects is available on our Inside page.

All things related to the exterior of the house and the grounds is located on the Outside page.

We try to make a page for every project we take on, no matter how big or small. These can be found on our Projects page.

Coins, streetcar tokens, toys, and other items we have found around the house are showcased on our Artifacts page.

Our period Garage has its own page.

The Articles page contains articles we have written on subjects related to old houses and old house living in general. Our goal is to include a little bit of everything here and it will hopefully be constantly growing. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for future topics!

Our Links page contains links to sources we have used for restoration materials as well as links to other house restoration sites.

And while you're here, please sign our Guestbook and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!

This project will be a restoration in the sense that every effort will be made to use period-appropriate materials to bring the house back to its former glory. This means that we will be restoring as many of the house's original features as possible using materials already present in the house, original architectural salvage, or reproduction materials that have been modeled after an original. We have seen many so-called "restorations" over the years where people have gutted a perfectly workable old house and slapped in contemporary fixtures, millwork, and windows from their nearest big box store that not only don't look right in an old house, but cause many original features and materials to be lost forever. We realize that we may have to bend a little here and there on originality depending on what is available, but we aren't going to cut corners or make this look like a new house.

The Colonial Revival movement traces its origins to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. As the decades passed, Colonial Revival architecture took hold across the country and would eventually displace all other American architectural styles as the most popular and the most widely adaptable by the 1910s. Colonial Revival would continue to be one of America's most important architectural styles through the start of World War II.

This site will be under constant construction for the next few years, so have a look around, enjoy, and check back often as we tackle different projects on our Progressive Era diamond in the rough!

Also, feel free to email us at: with any comments!

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