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An Old House Basement Bathroom Project

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An Old House Basement Bathroom Project

This weekend we visited the Quad Cities (Davenport, Moline, Bettendorf, and Rock Island). Our number one reason for the trip was to spend time with family. However, we have just started another project at our 1917 house and thought it might also be a good opportunity to check out an architectural salvage shop in Davenport, Iowa. A Bathroom Project in an Old House We happen to be a family of four living in an old house with 1 ½ bathrooms. I have to admit that the limited bathrooms probably challenge me the most as the lone female in the house,...

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Denver’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood

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Denver’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood

A while back I was on a business trip and had the opportunity to walk through the Capitol Hill neighborhood where I lived 30 years ago as a young man in my twenties.  It’s amazing how my perspective has changed over that period of time. First, let me say the neighborhood has remained pretty much unchanged.  That’s because when I lived there it had been unchanged from the 30, 40, or 50 year period before I moved in.  It’s an old neighborhood with old buildings and a great deal of history.  I also realized that I probably had...

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Ocracoke Island: Where Historic Homes and Happiness Meet

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Ocracoke Island:  Where Historic Homes and Happiness Meet

A stranger is talking on his cell phone as a golf cart approaches carrying four female tourists.  Somewhat impatiently, the women stop and stare at the man. “Hey, can I call you back?  I need to go,” says the man to the person he is talking to on the phone. Within minutes, these four women have found out that the man’s name is Allen, discover that he actually owns the cute historic home that he is standing in front of, and next thing you know, the group is going on a tour of the house. This is how things work on Ocracoke Island. Allen is...

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Post the Most Contest

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Post the Most Contest

Post the Most Historic Buildings List old buildings and be eligible to win a $50 gift card! Are you a lover of old buildings? Do you want to help us make it easier for others to find information online about historic buildings? If so, become a Historic Building Archives user today and see if you can become February’s Post the Most contest winner! This month we are offering a $50.00 gift card to Home Depot so you can get busy on your next do-it-yourself project in your own old building. Start posting! February is a short...

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December’s Post the Most Winner

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December’s Post the Most Winner

We have great news for the Chapman/Beverly Mill historic site!  Our December 2013 Post the Most winner, Mark Heinemann, selected this organization for his $50.00 donation. (Hint:  we would love to have the mill added as a listing on our site as well!) Thanks for all your hard work, Mark!  And don’t forget to check out January’s Post the Most...

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Post the Most Contest

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Post the Most Contest

Cherub lovers:  take notice! Post the most listings in the month of January 2014 and this beautiful, antique cherub outlet cover will be yours! Don’t hesitate! Create a profile and start submitting listings today.    

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Where to Start on a Renovation Project?

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It is finally official!  Last Monday, we closed on the old house that will become our 2014 renovation project! It is a little funny.  Getting to the closing on this property was no small feat.  However, it is very obvious that we are just at the very beginning of a lot of hard work, money, and free dinners and drinks going to helpful friends. Last time, we posted pictures of the outside of the property.  Today, we will share some photos from the inside of the house.  Some elements of the home are absolutely stunning and will definitely be...

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Post the Most Contest

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Attention Historic Building Archives Friends and Followers! We have great news for Historic Building Archives users!  Every month, we will be giving away a prize to the user who “posts the most” NEW listings of OLD buildings to Historic Building Archives. Since we are in late November, users can start adding listings now and at the end of December, the Historic Building Archives user who posts the most will be our December winner. The Historic Building Archives December 2013 prize is a $50.00 donation to a non-profit preservation...

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A Big Renovation Project for 2014

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If all goes as planned, we will be the proud owners of this cute little brick home located at 2044 Grande Avenue SE by the end of this calendar year!  And as you may imagine, that is when the fun will really start with this project! Hopefully, you will all agree by looking at these pictures that this home has potential…or great bones.  But you can also see that there is A LOT of work that will need to be done. Here is a fairly comprehensive list of what we have planned for this historic home renovation project: Replace steam heat system...

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Will Entrepreneurism Save Our Old Buildings?

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I can’t really say that my career is about old buildings.  I am not an architect.  I am not a historian.  But I am passionate about old buildings.  I love them! Lucky for me, my real job and life are surrounded by old buildings.  My business partner and I opened Shores Event Center in September 2011.  Shores Event Center is housed in a 101-year old historic building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Many years ago, the building was home to the Shores-Mueller Company.  The company provided home and farm supplies direct to consumers via horse and buggy. ...

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