Obsolete Design Elements

Matt Grocoff
May
28
2012
Many preservationists proudly assert that “old homes are the greenest homes.” While old homes start with an embodied energy advantage over even “green” new homes, the energy used to operate them quickly burns any historical savings unless the structures undergo deep energy retrofits.
Shannon Lee
Apr
19
2012
Tucked away in the tiny town of Centerville, TN is a cafe on the square. Breece's Cafe has long been a place of pride for the town, and it shows in the historic
Shannon Lee
Mar
08
2012
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, bringing devastating winds, pelting rains and a heartbreaking flood. One of the many architectural casualties of that
Shannon Lee
Jan
05
2012
In addition to being a huge fan of architecture and old houses, I have a serious weakness for old-fashioned television shows where the underdog always wins.
Matt Grocoff
Nov
21
2011
Energy efficient lighting has been a challenge for historic buildings.  Compact fluorescents with their little squiggly shapes often don't fit in or are just