Old House Resources of Interest
Index By Type
Table of Contents.
- Blogs and Articles
- How-to and Reference
- Local/Regional Resources of Interest
- National Resources of Interest
- Photo Archives
- Social Media Sites
- YouTube Videos
- About Buying, Selling, and Moving
Blogs and Articles.
Resource No. 233
The Craftsman BlogThis website contains tutorials and plenty of articles about historic home repair, style and life. It's geared toward empowering and teaching homeowners how to care for and maintain their historic homes.
The Craftsman Blog
Resource No. 364
Hooked on HousesHooked on Houses is a very popular house blog, ranked in the top 100 Wordpress blogs.
Hooked on Houses
Resource No. 365
Landmark Services BlogBlog focusing on general contractors specializing in restorations, renovations, and additions to historic New England houses, barns, and churches.
Landmark Services Blog
Resource No. 366
Old House ToursAn oldhouses.com favorite! Follow John Werry as he travels across the US discovering beautiful historic homes. John documents his travels by photo and video and encourages fellow historic home lovers to send in their own pictures of their favorite old houses.
Old House Tours
Resource No. 771
OldStoneHouses.comThis blog is dedicated to telling stories about old stone homes and cottages.
Resource No. 234
This Old HouseThis Old House Online is your source for expert advice on home improvement, remodeling and decorating. Ideas on everything from kitchen and bath to yard and garden. From America's first and favorite home improvement series.
This Old House
Resource No. 1043
Victorian ShadowsSan Francisco is home to a variety of residential architectural styles, but it is perhaps best known elsewhere for its Victorian homes, both grand and modest. Wooden Window has just created a new video exploring our legacy of Victorian residential restoration through the eyes of a builder with 50 years recreating Victorian facades, an architect specializing in residential preservation, and a homeowner who partnered with both of them to return her stuccoed-over home to its former glory.
How-to and Reference.
Resource No. 899
Antiques RoadshowANTIQUES ROADSHOW puts the reality in reality television! Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW marks its 20th season in 2016. A 13-time Emmy® Award-nominee and recent Critics' Choice Award-nominee, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is PBS's most-watched ongoing series.
Resource No. 235
Architectural Metalwork Care & Maintenance GuidesPassionate about the preservation of historic architectural iron and metalwork these helpful guides describe maintenance plans for all types of architectural and ornamental metalwork that you may be responsible for the care of, including leaded lights and stained glass, metal casement windows, rainwater systems and wrought or cast iron gates railings and balconies.
Architectural Metalwork Care & Maintenance Guides
Resource No. 1041
Asbestos Abatement GuideThe mineral asbestos was used in the construction of homes until the 1980s. When someone is exposed to asbestos they are forever at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer. The Mesothelioma Center recently created a guide as a resource to help people understand why it's dangerous to remove asbestos on their own.
Asbestos Abatement Guide
Resource No. 1009
Basement GuidesBasement Guides is a dedicated resource that focuses on all of your basement related needs. The guides range from home safety to repairing old and damaged parts of your home.
Resource No. 619
DIY NetworkThe network's award-winning website, www.diynetwork.com, is a leader in the Nielsen Online Home and Garden category and features multiple resources, including thousands of do-it-yourself home improvement projects, expert advice, how-to videos and images, and user-friendly reference guides with step-by-step instructions.
Resource No. 611
HGTV.comTake a fresh approach to the way you live with HGTV. You'll find ideas and inspiration to transform your space, and the expert help you need to accomplish it.
Resource No. 1023
HistoricPreservation.comHistoricPreservation.com is an invitation-only, human-curated, online marketplace and specification platform comprised of and developed for buyers, sellers, and specifiers of high quality Historic Preservation and Restoration related products and services.
Resource No. 356
Homescape ImprovementDeals with all of the issues of owning, decorating and creating a home.
Resource No. 654
Howstuffworks.comHome improvement is much easier when you are well-informed. Learn about home improvement, home safety and home maintenance.
Resource No. 637
Instructables.comDo-it-yourselfers share instructions on everything!
Resource No. 1002
The Life of Old Houses: A BlogThis blog is about life in old houses, and how these houses and other historic buildings shape our society. by Joe Copley, founder, OldHouses.com
The Life of Old Houses: A Blog
Resource No. 353
The Lost Arts CollaborativeThe Lost Arts Collaborative is a preservation organization that assists lost arts practitioners, artisans and groups with web based collaborative platform (portal) that allows the community members to create courses, manage projects and aggregate community knowledge.
The Lost Arts Collaborative
Resource No. 655
Lowe's How to LibraryLarge reference for DIY projects.
Lowe's How to Library
Resource No. 357
The Natural HandymanThe Natural Handyman is a feast of home repair help, humor and encouragement with hundreds of unique articles, links, local handyman directory, contests and FREE newsletter!
The Natural Handyman
Resource No. 658
Oldhouse.infooldhouse info aims to explain why old houses need a different approach to modern buildings when repairing and decorating.
Resource No. 355
OldHouseGuy.comRestoration stories and advice from someone who has done plenty of them.
Resource No. 354
Tin Roofing BlogBlog for saving vintage standing seam roofing, embossed tin shingles and copper roofing.
Tin Roofing Blog
Resource No. 358
World of Old HousesEverything about old houses! This is where to find help in restoring, renovating or maintaining your old house, heritage building or other example of traditional architecture. This site features world wide suppliers and services, trade secrets, books, and research information.
World of Old Houses
National Resources of Interest.
Resource No. 360
America's National ParksReady to head out or want to learn more about any one of America's national parks? Use this page to find them.
America's National Parks
Resource No. 237
Ancanthus PressWe publish books on old houses in different regions and our books provide social as well as architectural history. Our monographs on individual architects are more broadly based, but cover old houses as well. Our primary area of interest is 1870-1950 in America. We are always looking for authors for new publications on residential architecture in America.
Resource No. 370
The Arts & Crafts SocietyIn the spirit of the societies created during the early 20th century in response to the Arts & Crafts Movement, this site has been created to provide an online "home" for the present-day Arts & Crafts Movement community. If you aren't sure what the Arts & Crafts Movement is/was, check out their Archives for more information.
The Arts & Crafts Society
Resource No. 361
Cindy's List for Researching House and Building HistoriesAre you interested in learning about the history of a home but do not know where to start? Cindy's List of informative resources will help you get started.
Cindy's List for Researching House and Building Histories
Resource No. 362
Clem Labine's Traditional buildingProvides resources for commercial, civic, institutional, and religious building projects.
Clem Labine's Traditional building
Resource No. 371
The Fine Arts ConservancyConservation and Restoration of the fine & decorative arts and furniture conservation & restoration, museum framing, collection management, insurance claims and art appraisals.
The Fine Arts Conservancy
Resource No. 363
Great Buildings OnlineArchitecture around the world and across history, in an online multimedia encyclopedia of world architecture, documenting 1200 buildings and architects from around the world and across history with text, photos, and live 3D models.
Great Buildings Online
Resource No. 190
The Historic DistrictWe are a group of long time restoration enthusiasts and old home owners who got together and started a new forum last year, it's all non-business, and non-profit, but we are an active, friendly group.
The Historic District
Resource No. 359
Old House GardensThis site is filled with wonderful gardening advice and information. They also have catalog with a great selection of flowers and other garden related items to order.
Old House Gardens
Resource No. 1031
One of a Kind AntiquesFine and diverse collection of period American and European furniture, paintings, silver, and estate jewelry from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries. Modernism, Arts and Crafts. Appraising, consigning, and purchasing since 1975.
One of a Kind Antiques
Resource No. 367
Planning Commissioners JournalPlanning for historic preservation has evolved far beyond saving the homes of famous people. It now involves the revitalization of historic downtowns, as well as commercial, residential, and even industrial districts. This special 20 page issue of the Planning Commissioners Journal, the nation's leading publication for "citizen planners", takes a look at the basics of planning for historic preservation. Included in the issue: an introduction to historic preservation planning; how historic preservation is integral to the principles of "smart growth;" frequently asked questions about historic preservation ordinances; and an overview of the effects of historic district zoning on tourism, job creation, and property values.
Planning Commissioners Journal
Resource No. 1045
Project Cost GuidesThis resource allows readers to plan the cost of common home improvement projects. Readers will also learn what materials are needed for each type of home improvement project from the interactive project cost guides. Included are 70+ project guides in regards to general home projects, home maintenance, improvement, and measurement projects.
Project Cost Guides
Resource No. 368
Society of Architectural HistoriansThe Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all.
Society of Architectural Historians
Resource No. 369
Stephen B. Chambers Architects, IncHave case studies of historic restoration projects and reusing the "embodied energy" of older and historic homes to create 'green'/sustainable residential architecture.
Stephen B. Chambers Architects, Inc
Resource No. 656
U.S.Dept of Housing and Urban DelevopmentA great resources for everything from Home improvement grants to buying a house.
U.S.Dept of Housing and Urban Delevopment
Resource No. 1016
Window Preservation AllianceOur Mission is to inspire the preservation of original windows by educating the public about the beauty, craftsmanship, and energy efficiency of original windows and supporting the people and businesses who restore them.
Window Preservation Alliance
Resource No. 563
AD&A Museum, UC Santa BarbaraUCSB professor David Gebhard (1927-1996) founded the ADC in 1963. Today it is one of the largest architectural archives in North America with more than 1,000,000 drawings, as well as papers, photographs, models, decorative objects, and furniture. The focus of the collection is the design and architecture of southern California from the late 19th through the early 21st century.
AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara
Resource No. 873
Alabama Department of Archives and HistoryAlabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Resource No. 874
Alaska's Digital ArchivesAlaska's Digital Archives presents a wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout our state.
Alaska's Digital Archives
Resource No. 594
Albuquerque Museum Photo ArchivesThe Albuquerque Museum Photoarchive contains a large collection of historical photographs of Albuquerque and surrounding area. The photographs date from 1880 when New Town was founded to about 1950.
Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives
Resource No. 595
Arizona State Archives Historic PhotographsArchives' photographs focus upon the unique cultural heritage of the state and territory of Arizona, beginning in 1863. The collection includes about 90,000 images, including photographs, slides, negatives, glass plate negatives, tintypes, transparencies, postcards and others.
Arizona State Archives Historic Photographs
Resource No. 875
Arkansa History CommissionThe History Commission's collections contain over a half-million photographic images of Arkansas and its people throughout history.
Arkansa History Commission
Resource No. 561
The Art Institute of ChicagoExplore our online collections, which offer access to over 87,000 works and basic information about works of art from all areas of our encyclopedic collection.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Resource No. 530
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts LibraryAvery Drawings & Archives Collection consists primarily of drawings and architectural records by American architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. We hold a diverse range of original and reprographic drawings, photographic materials, project and building files, business papers, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and faculty and personal papers.
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
Resource No. 591
The Durham Museum Photo ArchiveThe Durham Museum’s Photo Archive contains over 800,000 images spanning from the 1860s to the 1990s. They document the fascinating history of Omaha from its early days as a young frontier town to a unique and sophisticated city. A long forgotten storefront, Presidents on parade, row upon row of cattle in the stockyards, streetcars, and a family picnic; each image preserves one moment in time, but also tells a hundred different stories! These negatives and prints, some over 100 years old, are slowly deteriorating – their stories in danger of being lost forever.
The Durham Museum Photo Archive
Resource No. 871
Historic PittsburgThe Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections provide online access to over 32,750 images from 73 photographic collections.
Resource No. 872
Kentucky Photo ArchiveIf you’re a student of history (like me), if you’re a fan of all things Lexington and Kentucky, welcome to something truly special. Today, the Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com are excited to officially unveil the Kentucky Photo Archive.
Kentucky Photo Archive
Resource No. 520
Library of Congress Photos ArchivesThe Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress offers broad public access to these materials as a contribution to education and scholarship. The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.
Library of Congress Photos Archives
Multinomah County Library
Resource No. 587
National ArchivesPhotography links were compiled in 2002 by Margaret Kensinger, an ALIC student library technician from the College of Information Science at the University of Maryland. Updated Spring, 2014. See Bibliography of Photography Resources for a selection of related materials available in ALIC.
Resource No. 562
Northwest Architectural ArchivesEstablished in 1970 out of a grass roots movement to preserve and restore historical buildings, Northwest Architectural Archives is the repository for the records of architects, engineers, contractors, landscape architects, interior designers, academics, and local professional societies from the Midwest region with works that extend throughout the United States and the world
Northwest Architectural Archives
Resource No. 588
NYC Department of RecordsBetween 1939 and 1941, and again in the mid-1980s, the city photographed every house and building in the five boroughs. Photographic prints of these unique images are now available for purchase.
NYC Department of Records
Resource No. 636
Old House Photo GalleryHundreds of old house pictures to explore plus interior pictures and old house plans.
Old House Photo Gallery
Resource No. 634
Oldpictures.comWelcome to the Old Picture internet site, featuring an extensive collection of historical photographs. This collection includes images from the years 1850 to 1940. These photographs span the globe, and present a unique view of our past. Join us in developing a love and appreciation for vintage photographs.
Online Archive of California
Resource No. 593
PhillyHistory.orgThe Philadelphia City Archive is one of the country's largest municipal archives, with about 2 million photographs, dating from the late 1800's. Discover gorgeous images of Philadelphia, its industry, architecture, culture, and people.
Resource No. 633
Rarehistoricalphotos.comRare Historical Photos and the story behind them…
Resource No. 590
San Francisco Public LibraryHistoric Photos archives at the San Francisco Library
San Francisco Public Library
Resource No. 707
Sears ArchivesA collection of images and photographs of almost all 447 house designs sold through the Sears Modern Homes program from 1908 to 1940.
Resource No. 592
Seattle.govWelcome to the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph database. Our photographs date from the 1880s to the present and include subjects such as public works, City events, City sites and facilities, and elected officials.
Social Media Sites.
Resource No. 613
Building in the Past Facebook PageArtist, Paul Charron, creates replicates of historic buildings. Posts are tributes to the beauty and awe of historic architecture.
Building in the Past Facebook Page
Resource No. 617
DIY Network Facebook PageThe Home Improvement How-To Network
DIY Network Facebook Page
Resource No. 615
HGTV Facebook PageTake a fresh approach to the way you live with HGTV. You'll find ideas and inspiration to transform your space, and the expert help you need to accomplish it.
HGTV Facebook Page
Resource No. 630
History in Pictures Facebook Pageharing the most powerful and entertaining historical images ever taken.
History in Pictures Facebook Page
Resource No. 631
National Trust for Historic Preservation Facebook PageThe National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places
National Trust for Historic Preservation Facebook Page
Resource No. 632
Old House Dreams Facebook PageA blog of old & historic homes & properties for sale.
Old House Dreams Facebook Page
Resource No. 638
Old House Guy, LLCAvoid making mistakes you don't know you're making. Learn and let us help you with your old or historic house.
Old House Guy, LLC
Resource No. 610
Oldhouses.com Facebook PageFollow us as we post about old houses and related issues and interests.
Oldhouses.com Facebook Page
Resource No. 614
This Old House Facebook PageThe OFFICIAL Facebook Page of This Old House, including the popular PBS television series This Old House and Ask This Old House, This Old House Magazine and thisoldhouse.com
This Old House Facebook Page
Resource No. 612
Vintage History Facebook PageAll things Vintage History.
Vintage History Facebook Page
Castles on Pinterest
Resource No. 627
Colonial & Country Style on Pinterest
Colonial & Country Style on Pinterest
Resource No. 628
Edwardian Houses on Pinterest
Edwardian Houses on Pinterest
Gothic Decor on Pinterest
Oldhouses.com on Pinterest
This Old House on Pinterest
Victorian Homes on Pinterest
Vintage Home Decor on Pinterest
Vintage Home on Pinterest
Resource No. 236
victorianhouses.tumblr.comLike Victorians? Feast your eyes.
Resource No. 1014
Create a sash profile scraper
John LeekeRestoring an old house involves a lot of paint scraping. This video shows how to create custom scrapers for the unusual profiles in your house.
Resource No. 918
Fix Cracks in Plaster Like a ProGot a crack? Fix it fast with this step-by-step how-to by professional Rory Brennan from Big Wally's Plaster Magic. www.plastermagic.com
Resource No. 919
How to never have a serious poison ivy rash againUrushiol oil in poison sumac, poison oak, and poison ivy may produce a severe skin rash. Timely urushiol removal can prevent poison ivy skin reaction. The key is to understand how poison ivy works.
Resource No. 1006
Window Sash Glazing, training videoRe-glaze your old house windows like a pro, with instruction from one of America's foremost old house restoration experts, John Leeke.
About Buying, Selling, and Moving.
Resource No. 657
10 Steps to buying a home
10 Steps to buying a home
Resource No. 1042
Guide for Saving a Historic BuildingAt Wolfe House & Building Movers, we are passionate about helping communities and organizations save historic buildings from disuse and demolition. Recently we’ve compiled our decades of experience into a guide for preserving historic buildings.
Guide for Saving a Historic Building
Resource No. 620
Home Staging (HGTV.com)Display your home's strengths and sell your home in no time by browsing these home-staging tips & pictures.
Home Staging (HGTV.com)
Resource No. 618
Home Staging Guide (Realtor.com)Get a round-up of our most valuable staging content.
Home Staging Guide (Realtor.com)
Local/Regional Resources of Interest.
Resource No. 1034
Elgin, IllinoisI have been working on identifying the bungalows of Elgin, IL and have created a website to show them off. I include, when possible, an older picture and a recent picture. There are now a little over 2000 homes listed
Resource No. 239
Nevada Rural Housing Authority
Carson City, NevadaNevada Rural Housing Authority offers rental assistance; guide and innovative home financing programs to rural and elderly people for improving their quality of life and help responsible families to purchase a home of their own.
Nevada Rural Housing Authority
Resource No. 373
NY State Parks Resident Curator Program
Waterford, New YorkInvest in rehabilitation/renovation and maintenance of historic properties in exchange for a long-term single-family residence lease as a Resident Curator. Review NY State's Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation's "Business Opportunities" for details on available residences, proposal submission process, and general program through posted Request for Proposals (RFP).
NY State Parks Resident Curator Program
Resource No. 375
Alameda Old House History
OregonA place to share knowledge, tools and observations on appreciating the life of old houses in Northeast Portland, Oregon.
Alameda Old House History
Resource No. 376
Academy of Building Conservation
Darby, PennsylvaniaStart up to utilize our wealth of old buildings needing care and attention to teach time-honored crafts and energy upgrades, enhance vocational opportunities, and foster pride in self, work and community.
Academy of Building Conservation
Resource No. 377
Charleston, South CarolinaGullah - The language spoken by the Low country's first black inhabitants. The language and culture still thrive today in and around the Charleston/Beaufort, South Carolina region. Gullah Tours explores the places, history, and stories that are relevant to the rich and varied contributions made by Black Charlestonians.