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Collecting Houses: 17th Century Houses - 20th Century Adventure Paperback – October 23, 2003

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In writing this book, Anne W. Baker has drawn upon forty years' experience with more than two hundred antique structures. As a restoration contractor, architectural historian and consultant, she has worked with building owners, private agencies, historica
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; First Edition edition (October 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413417523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413417524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 29, 2003
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a combination of funny, sad and reflective. It makes you dig deeper into the past and what we all cast away without a thought.
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A sad reflection on what has been lost, and a true reflection of what can happen to people once they start digging into history and old houses - and get a chance to save some of the material out there. Some people live in houses and places, while other people have a true love for the history of places - and the ability of these old houses to draw our minds back into the past. The author entered into first "saving" items from houses that were on the road to ruin - then learned to save and restore houses that people did not want...at least at the point in time. Of course, this was all a man's world - but I believe she was accepted into this world more for what she was doing - and her love for the houses and history - than for who she was. The sad part is that so much was lost in the 2nd half of the 20th century during "modernization". A story about timber frame houses and how to save them that is no refence guide or "how to" book - but a rare glimpse at the people that live it...
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Ever wonder what happens to a really old structure when a housing development/highway is built? The author is part detective, wonderfully funny in relating tales of adventure, and is a quite good carpenter too. This book tells of her adventures in saving very old homes and incorporating them into liveable houses. One of a kind, she was way before her time.
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If you are an old house "nut" as I am, you will love this story. You might not be in the same city as this woman, but definately "transferrable" information. This woman is one in a million.
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If you are expecting to receive tips and guidance on the restoration of old houses, this is not the book for you. It is the story of one woman's journey into becoming a self-proclaimed restorer. It details, house by house, her experiences in learning some of the pitfalls involved in rescuing old houses. She typically relies on others with actual construction expertise to help in her projects. Sadly, the book ends on what is almost a tragic note. Faced with the possibility of rescuing and restoring one of the earliest forms of architecture in Rhode Island, she and the buyer allow the house, after they have disassembled it, to lie unchecked for over a year. After that, when they do, the house frame has rotted. Truly a sad story for restoration!
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