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Why I Love Shellac

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Hi Peter I apologize for any typos, I’m using my iPad as my computer crashed last night. There is some good news with your compromised old finish. I’ve seen it dozens of times and usually it’s underneath either paint or poly-urethane. It’s old shellac. Normally it’s on interior woodwork all the way up through the […]

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Sustainability or Planned Obsolescence, We Decide

April 12th, 2014 · No Comments

As we all consider the rules and guidelines for our Comprehensive Ordinance and specifically what we say about historic building materials, it is important to really think about what “modern” materials offer as an alternative. We know that most of our housing stock is around 100 years old and, except for hazardous paint and deferred […]

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Tags: energy efficiency · lead paint · maintenance · Value-Added Historic Preservation · windows

Champlain Byways “Ask an Expert” about architecture

March 1st, 2011 · No Comments

 Having been asked the question “What do you like about the Champlain Valley’s architecture?” I responded… …the thing I find most interesting about the buildings of the Champlain Valley, is how well represented every style and type of architecture is. From the historic high style Victorians to vernacular farmhouses, all the way through the post […]

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Tags: Champlain Valley Millworks · Value-Added Historic Preservation · Wanamaker Restoration

Some discussion about Historic Designation benefits

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

LinkedIn Angela Threadgill has sent you a message. Date: 10/20/2010 Subject: District designation notes Hello Ron, As a follow-up to the preservation forum, I hope to offer some good information to you. I’m happy to read your community agrees that some laws or regulations are needed; however, the downside is they fear the regulations just […]

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Even more on windows from the National Trust

August 30th, 2009 · No Comments

 Richard Moe talks again about efficiency and sustainability and the role of preservation. http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2009/september-october/presidents-note.htmlWe look forward to the results of this long term study about the energy efficiency of original windows.

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Tags: Champlain Valley Millworks · Value-Added Historic Preservation · Wanamaker Restoration · windows

Storm Windows & Energy Efficiency

July 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

LinkedIn Groups Group: Historic Restoration and Preservation Subject: New comment (15) on “How do you feel about replacing original windows in historic building with new in the name of “energy efficiency”?” July 1, ’09 I just talked with Andy at Green Mountain Windows and learned that on June 15 the feds changed the performance standards […]

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Tags: Champlain Valley Millworks · maintenance · windows

Come Visit Us at the 15th Annual Preservation Conference

May 17th, 2009 · No Comments

See you in Isle La Motte!   ALONG CHAMPLAIN’S SHORES The 15th Annual Preservation Conference and Awards Luncheon   Friday June 12, 2009   10:00 – 5:30 ~ Isle La Motte, Vermont     Register at ptvermont.org, or call 802-828-3540 to receive registration packet by mail.  Awards nomination, due May 1, is at ptvermont.org.   […]

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Preservation Nation “green” tips for our homes

February 24th, 2009 · No Comments

 I was thinking it might be helpful to post relevant links from preservation minded organizations that could offer real tips and insights for living in old houses. Here’s a start from the National Trust’s Preservation magazine. www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2009/march-april/how-to-green-your-home.html Let me know if this is something that people enjoy or find useful. Sort of an Utne Reader […]

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Historic Wooden Window Workshop

September 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Preservation Burlington presents Historic Wooden Window Workshop Sponsored by Freeman French Freeman, Inc. and Wanamaker Restoration     Place:  462 South Willard Street                      Date:  October 18, 2008              Time: 9AM-4PM                                                Cost: $70 Members/$80 Non Members (bagged lunch included) Instructors: Ron Wanamaker and Amy Mentes – Wanamaker Restoration Contact: presburl@gmail.com or call 802-578-5837   Workshop Overview:  Historic […]

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Another Letter to the Free Press

May 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Dear Ed. Although I applaud the Mayors intentions at reducing his carbon foot print, and am thankful that he is bringing attention to the many ways that we can all reduce our impact on our environment, I am afraid that his intention to replace his windows with “new tighter” windows will fall far short of […]

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Tags: Value-Added Historic Preservation