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Book details
  • Genre:ARCHITECTURE
  • SubGenre:Historic Preservation / Restoration Techniques
  • Language:English
  • Pages:160
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781483590875

A Tudor Revival

New Life for the Little Stone Cottage, Historic Restoration

by Donald Granbois

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Overview
Restoring a truly dilapidated historic structure is exciting but offers many challenges, as discovered by the author as he undertook to save a 1923 Tudor Revival Cotswold stone cottage. His story of the process and the final outcome tells with good detail the entire story, from acquiring the property with the help of a local restoration non-profit to finding a buyer. In the process of bringing the cottage back to life, the author found out more about balloon framing, fixing leaky basements, implementing some basic principles of restoration, and how to use proper Tudor design features in a structure where much of the original detail was gone. Research into the history of the house showed the first resident to have been a highly successful academic and member of President Truman’s administration. The author contrasts the finished project with his early life during the Great Depression and provides some historical detail on living in that time. He also touches on some ideas from his study of social sciences and business to help interpret possible motivations for building such a house in 1923 in a purely rural setting.
Description
Restoring a truly dilapidated historic structure is exciting but offers many challenges, as discovered by the author as he undertook to save a 1923 Tudor Revival Cotswold stone cottage. His story of the process and the final outcome tells with good detail the entire story, from acquiring the property with the help of a local restoration non-profit to finding a buyer. In the process of bringing the cottage back to life, the author found out more about balloon framing, fixing leaky basements, implementing some basic principles of restoration, and how to use proper Tudor design features in a structure where much of the original detail was gone. Research into the history of the house showed the first resident to have been a highly successful academic and member of President Truman’s administration. The author contrasts the finished project with his early life during the Great Depression and provides some historical detail on living in that time. He also touches on some ideas from his study of social sciences and business to help interpret possible motivations for building such a house in 1923 in a purely rural setting.
About the author
Many relatives on both sides of Don’s family have been teachers; others have worked in the building trades. Don’s career has reflected both influences. He hoped early on to become an architect, but instead was a professor of marketing at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Along the way, he became involved with a local preservation group, Bloomington Restorations, Inc. and designed and helped oversee both new construction and preservation projects. He hopes his retelling of the restoration of a dilapidated Tudor Revival stone cottage will help others understand both the rewards and the frustrations these projects entail.
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