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5th Annual Old House Expo in Kalamazoo, MI This Weekend

By: Conrad Neuf , Contributing Writer
In: Old Houses, Old House Musings, In The News

I must say I am really enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing the last several days, it is almost 60 here today, and after several weeks with highs in the 20’s, it is very nice. I almost feel like getting out the bicycle, but instead I’ll share a few interesting items I noticed in the news over the past week.

If anyone happens to be near Kalamazoo, Michigan this weekend, they are having the 5th Annual Old House Expo. It sounds like a very interesting event, there will be tradesmen and suppliers with booths, and they are going to have several guest speakers, who will discuss old house topics. I wish it were a little closer, I would really enjoy attending. For those who are close enough to attend, it sounds like a great way to spend a winter afternoon, and maybe get some tips on where to find parts you may need for your old house. Anyone who is close enough to attend, I’m sure everyone would like to hear what all was there, and how it went.

I also came across a great article in Popular Mechanics magazine. We have had a lot of posts concerning saving old houses by moving them, and this article goes into great detail on what is involved in moving an old house. The story also has a lot of good pictures of each step. The house moving company in the article has the process down to a science, and seems to have developed a good niche for themselves. If you are thinking of moving a historic old house, you definitely want someone who knows what they are doing. I had forgotten what a good magazine Popular Mechanics is, I used to have a subscription to it many years ago.

And speaking of old houses, we often talk about old houses that are 80 or 100 years old, but how often do we see old houses that are 320 years old. I happened upon an online article about an old house in Sandwich, Massachusetts, which is near Cape Cod. Sandwich was founded in 1637, and named after the area in England where the colonists had immigrated from. This particular house was constructed in 1690, and then had an addition done in 1712, to reach its present configuration. The couple who own it have spent the last 14 years restoring it, and it appears that they have done a very nice job. I wish the story had some pictures of the interior of the old house, from the description of the materials that are in it, I’m sure it’s beautiful.

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  1. 3 Responses  to “5th Annual Old House Expo in Kalamazoo, MI This Weekend”

  2. Elaine
    Aug 29, 2011
    The Old House Expo was great! I wish we'd get more people from Grand Rapids and other surrounding cities with fabulous vintage homes. Bob Yapp was there, always fun and provocative in addition to being a well-spring of fabulous information; plus the room of tradespeople and suppliers proved a deep well of information, and handouts to keep for future projects. Dick Spigelmeyer, who is the GOD of old window restoration/renovation and all things windows, was on hand and his talk was an eye-opener. They hold this Expo in Kalamazoo each January and I plan to return. Anyone in the area of SW Michigan, it's well worth your while.
  3. Aug 29, 2011
    Thanks for the notice about our Old House Expo! We had a great time. Around 400 old house enthusiasts gathered to exchange stories, attend seminars and hang around the vendor hall. The Old House Expo is a labor of love, by an all volunteer group. I hope you visit us some day!
  4. Ricky
    Aug 29, 2011
    Can't even fathom the delicacy a 320 year old house is - I would feel like I was destroying it by just walking in it! The names of these towns where these old houses reside are great too, Sandwich and Kalamazoo!