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Model of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, one of the most well know American homes. Evidently, it was remodeled after Jefferson returned after being Ambassador to France. The remodeled house is larger, even though the 2 story model appears larger here.Houses often changed over time.

This is a model of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, as it was when he drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was about half the size of the famous domed house seen today.

The redesign and expansion of Monticello occurred after Jefferson had served as Ambassador to France. While residing in Paris, he had the opportunity to study the latest developments in architecture, including construction of a wood-framed dome over a public market building, planting the seed for one of Monticello's most recognizable features.

The people who built and rebuilt Monticello included white and black craftspeople, many enslaved. The brick making operation for the expansion was overseen by a white woman when her brickmaker husband died during the project. The house should be seen today as much a monument to these people as to Jefferson.

Changes made over time may be considered historically significant. Monticello's rebuilding certainly is, having been designed by the original owner/architect and done under his direction. For less famous and more modest houses, changes made over 100 or 200 years need to analyzed and understood to determine what is significant.

How to do this is explored in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).

Signed copies are available from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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Model of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, one of the most well know American homes. Evidently, it was remodeled after Jefferson returned after being Ambassador to France. The remodeled house is larger, even though the 2 story model appears larger here.

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9:45ish Granbury Chamber of Commerce Fireworks over the Lake at Pearl Street Bridge - don’t miss it!!!!!!
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As an organization that preserves and interprets the stories and events of our community, Bridge Street History Center values the restoration and preservation of historic structures, which always tell a story!Before and After ~ A Classic Greek Revival house. Photo credit Steve Fuller, An Urban Cottage.

This proud Greek Revival style house in the Boston area is a great example of how much difference the right exterior materials and details make. In its vinyl-clad and vinyl window phase much of the charm and character of the house had been lost, although its "good bones" remained. The restoration of the exterior, including the missing porch, turned an "okay" house into a gem. It shows what can be done to restore the character of a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.

Houses like this one were built across the US between c. 1820 and c. 1850, providing stylish and comfortable houses for middle-class families. Many were neglected and eventually clad in vinyl after much of the middle-class shifted to suburbs in the 20th century. Now, "empty nest" baby boomers and millennials are moving back to cities and houses like this are being restored.

Much more info and photos about this house can be found at: anurbancottage.blogspot.com/

Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners was written to help those people, and anyone else who wants to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

Winner of the MWPA 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award, the 720-page best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! ow.ly/Uumq50zRjJ5).

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

Feel free to share this post and follow Restoring Your Historic House for more old house images, information, and inspiration!

#antiquehome #antiquehomes #traditionalarchitecture #historicalhomes #historicalhouse #historic #oldhome #oldhouse #preservation #preserveourhistory #homerestoration #houserestoration #historicpreservation #vintagehome #architecturelover #restoringyourhistorichouse #yourhistorichome #restoration #houserehab #greekrevival
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As an organization that preserves and interprets the stories and events of our community, Bridge Street History Center   values the restoration and preservation of historic structures, which always tell a story!
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Opening Saturday March 2, 2019

Spring is just around the corner and The Bridge Street History Center will resume our normal schedule of opening on Saturdays from 1-5pm starting March 2, 2019. We’ve had a busy off season planning a spectacular line up of events as the year progresses.