Selecting Doors for your Historic Home

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One frequently neglected step when restoring a historic home is the selection of millwork that is appropriate for the building’s age and style.  This includes interior and exterior doors, which are often hastily chosen after thumbing through a catalog or browsing in a showroom.  Few salespeople in home centers or millwork outlets know the differences […]

The Peterson Blockhouse

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The Peterson, IA blockhouse is one of those architectural surprises you can find in  small towns across the country. Built in 1862 from hewn logs, this structure is an extremely rare example of a wooden military fortification from the upper Midwest. First, a bit of history. Relations between the native Dakota Indians and white settlers […]

Making Molding the Old Fashioned Way

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I am occasionally asked how molding such as window casing or base was produced during the 19th century. The answer depends on when and where.  By the middle of the 19th century steam and water powered mills were producing most millwork, including casing, base, cornices, spindles, doors and windows. However, in some remote areas many continued to […]