St. Donatus, Iowa: A Little Luxembourg in Eastern Iowa

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Vernacular architecture is a term that can mean different things to different people.  It is generally defined as a building style based upon local or traditional designs, materials and building techniques.  However, the nature and origins of designs and techniques varied. Immigrants brought traditional building designs and construction techniques with them to the United States […]

Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps

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I just had the great pleasure of doing a presentation on the historic trades and preservation for the Northern Bedrock Preservation Corps.  Northern Bedrock was established in 2011 to help young adults enter the preservation trades by providing training and hands-on experience repairing historic structures and architecture.  The founders of Northern Bedrock are aware that there […]

Project Update Part One: White Bear Township Town Hall Building

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I have had the pleasure recently of working on a local building designed by the prominent architect Cass Gilbert. Gilbert is known for designing landmark buildings such as the Woolworth Building in New York City, the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC and several state capitol buildings, including the Minnesota Capitol Building in […]

Painted Floors in the Victorian Era Home

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Painted floors were common in American homes throughout the 19th century. Durable paints would seal soft pine flooring which made them less liable to stain and easier to clean.  An 1850 edition of Miss Leslie’s Lady’s House Book recommends cleaning heavily soiled, common pine floors using:      “an old tin pan with some gray sand in […]

Historic Design will donate free architecture research services for a local institution, business or individual in 2017

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  People who choose a career in Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Management do so for a variety of reasons.  One thing that is common to us all is a deep and abiding interest in preserving our built heritage. This certainly is the case for us at Historic Design Consulting.  In an effort to contribute […]

A Preservation Loss

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This weekend I heard about an estate sale at a large, 1899 mansion near White Bear Lake, MN and my wife, my visiting parents and I thought we would stop by and see if we could find a few treasures that we couldn’t live without.  As tempted as I was to buy an 18th century […]

Oil Primer Recipes and the Ask a Painter Facebook Livecast with Nick Slavic of Nick Slavic Painting and Restoration.

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I just had the great pleasure of being the first interview on Nick Slavic’s Ask A Painter  Facebook Livecast program where we talked for two full hours about historic paints, varnishes, finishes and historic preservation and gave a quick look at The Landing in Shakopee, MN.   Nick hosts his live program each week on Facebook and gives […]

Window Sash Repair: Part One

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Although most of my work with Historic Design Consulting consists of consulting with owners of historic buildings, I occasionally so some restoration/conservation work myself.  As people have become interested in retaining historic windows I find myself working on window sash fairly often.  This Spring I have been restoring some sash from an 1881 railroad depot from […]