A couple of old house festival news items to start off with. I happened upon a festival that is scheduled for this weekend, March 21st, in San Diego. It is fairly timely for those with an interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement I mentioned in my last blog post. The Save Our Heritage Foundation is having their annual home tour, which highlights some homes designed by prominent Arts and Crafts Movement architects of the area. It sounds like those who attend the festival also have the opportunity to tour the inside of the homes as well.
I also came across an article about an old house tour in Tacoma, Washington which showcases American Four Square houses. The 2009 tour was in September, and there isn’t a date posted yet for the 2010 tour, but I’ll keep checking. Once again, I wish it were closer, as it’s something I would definitely be interested in.
Anyone who was planning on attending the Roser Park Tour of Homes in April can schedule another activity for that day. The tour of old houses has been postponed until further notice, as they are waiting for the city to complete a nearby retaining wall. Roser Park is a section of St. Petersburg, Florida, which was the first historic district in Florida.
Old house enthusiasts who are interested in green restorations should enjoy Matt Grocoff’s Greenovation.TV article on how the green restoration of a historic Salem, Massachusetts home was achieved. The historic old house is one of the first LEED certified National Historic Landmarks.
Opposite Coast Bungalows
I had mentioned that the bungalow was another architectural style of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I came across two excellent restoration blogs concerning bungalows, and they are on opposite sides of the country. The first is in Bangor, Maine, and the young couple who purchased the early 1900’s bungalow are doing an in depth restoration of this beautiful old house. It never ceases to amaze me how people with little construction knowledge, but a passion for the home they live in, can do work that lifetime craftsmen would be proud of. The kitchen restoration in this house is really nice.
The second bungalow is in Portland, Oregon, and was built in 1916. It is fascinating that an architectural trend swept across the country with two homes built around the same time, using the same architectural style–one in Maine and the other in Oregon. Today it’s not surprising with how quickly information can travel, but the early 1900s were a little different. This restoration is being done very nicely also, and you can tell that this young family enjoys working on their old bungalow just as much as the young family in Maine.