The Second Empire Style

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Many 19th century building styles like the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Italianate were inspired by historic precedents and featured antique details and ornament.  However, in the 1850s many Americans opted for a more “modern” style which adopted some fashionable design elements popular in Paris.  This new style, called the Second Empire, proved to be especially popular […]

The Greek Revival: America’s First National Building Style

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The Greek Revival has always been my favorite American building style.  I find its simplicity appealing while its bold and solid nature are symbolic of the growing confidence and wealth of the American republic during the 19th century.  The Greek Revival style is also significant because it was America’s first national style.  Although based on a […]

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 […]

Maintenance Plans and Reports for Historic Homes and Businesses

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Is your Victorian-era storefront or Queen Anne home looking a little worse for the wear?  Help is one the way! Historic Design Consulting is very happy to announce a new  service for owners of historic homes and businesses: Maintenance plans and reports. As historic buildings age they present special challenges to their owners. Exposure to the elements and years of […]

Why choose Historic Design Consulting to help you select historic paint colors for your Victorian era home or business?

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There is an abundance of colorists, consultants and other professionals who specialize in Victorian-era paint colors and ornament for historic homes.  This can make selecting a consultant who is right for you and your historic architecture difficult considering their varying levels of training, education and expertise.  Historic Design’s color consultants, however, have a unique background […]