Resources for Historic Home Owners
As a courtesy to historic property owners, we have assembled a number of resources to assist you in maintaining Newtown’s historic charm. Feel free to contact us with any question you may have.
Basics Preservation Principles*
An understanding of basic preservation principles helps ensure that renovation projects are carried out in such a way that they enhance the features that define the character of a given site or place. To achieve this, a number of considerations must be made:
Alterations – In working with historic buildings, repair is always preferred over replacement. If historic fabric has deteriorated beyond repair, replacement features should closely resemble the original features. Unnecessary removal of historic elements or removal without replacement should be avoided.
Additions – Additions should minimize impact to historic fabric and should be compatible with the main structure in massing, size, scale and materials. An addition should not overwhelm the original structure and should be located on a secondary facade. Window placement and roof form should also reflect the design of the original building.
Relationships – When evaluating proposed site changes or changes to the exteriors of building consider the relationships that landscape elements, such as buildings, roads, walls, and trees have to one another. Strive to maintain these relationships. Avoid removing important features or adding new features that disrupt existing relationships.
Use – It is always best if historic buildings can be used as originally designed. If this is not possible, it is recommended that a new use be selected that does not require major alterations to the building.
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties is a great resource that any historic property owner should consultant in the beginning stages of considering preserving, rehabbing, restoring or reconstructing. This can on the National Park Service website at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/standguide
Local Vendors, Craftsman, Consultants and other Resources
Technical Preservation Services from the National Park Services
Traditional Building Materials
Digital Building Technology Heritage Library Archive – FREE digital archive of period documents on construction, including architectural trade catalogs, home catalogs, etc.
Preservation Alliance – Free workshops for owners and aspiring owners of historic homes Melissa@preservationalliance.com (215) 546-1146 x6 http://www.preservationalliance.com/events/workshops.php
Reape, Jeffers & Associates. email@example.com (610) 527-7540 Rosemont, PA
John Milner http://www.johnmilnerarchitects.com, Chadds Ford, PA (Restored the Square Tavern)
Alvin Holm A.I.A. http://www.alvinholm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 215-963-0747, Philadelphia, PA -Architect for restoration work, sympathetic additions to old homes and public structures, new residential, commercial, and institutional projects. We do interiors and, in consultation with The Perennial Gardeners, we also do landscape design.
Art Restoration (Paintings & Frames)
Phillip Rosenfeld, Director- PA Art Conservatory, email@example.com 636 Lancaster Ave; Berwyn, PA 19312 (610) 644-4300
Wise Preservation Planning http://www.wisepreservation.com, Chester Springs, PA
The Conservation Development Partnership http://www.conservedevelop.com, Philadelphia, PA
Restoration Preservation Associates (doors, windows, flooring, custom milling) http://www.rpainc.co, Marple, PA
Chair Caning and Rush
Harry A. Smith (610) 583-6962
Douglas P. Humes, Esq. firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-525-7150, Bryn Mawr, PA
Bookbinding and restoration
Hoster Bindery http://www.hosterbindery.com, Ivyland, PA
Ceramics (porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, pottery, terracotta) Restoration
JLJ China Restoration, Judith Harland email@example.com ; Lori Meisle firstname.lastname@example.org 484-453-8288, Havertown, PA
Preservation Works Ltd. http://www.preservationworks.us , email@example.com ,484-373-0857, Easton, PA
Houck, 800-458-2122 www.houcks.com
This list is growing. If you could like to be added to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include two local references.
* – Adopted from John Milner and Associates Report on Preservation Guidelines