An account of changes in residences built between 1870 and 1950, with emphasis on the impact of technology, not only on their heating, lighting, and plumbing systems, but also on methods employed and materials used in their construction and finish. Writers have hands-on experience in Maine, but are aware of developments elsewhere., An expert guide to how older houses in the United States can be preserved and improved, Looks at how houses built between 1870 and 1950 have changed over the years. The impact of technology is obviously a key factor but the book also looks at the methods employed and materials used in their construction and finish. The writers have first-hand experience in Maine but refer to developments elsewhere in America., The Advisory Service of Greater Portland Landmarks is a volunteer organization comprised of individuals of varied backgrounds who share a love of old houses, a desire to learn more about them, and a mission to help their owners to recognize and preserve their best characteristics. Most members have lived in older homes themselves and/or have worked on their restoration. Over the years, they have visited, at the request of owners, numerous local structures and have recorded what they have found, thus becoming well-grounded in the domestic architecture of Southern Maine. In this volume, the members pool their knowledge of houses from the 1870s through the 1940s, utilizing what they have discovered first-hand on their visits and in their research of printed materials. Exteriors and interiors are both examined, with special focus on the most-altered spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, as well as the modern conveniences connected with plumbing, heating, and lighting, which have changed the ways in which houses are used. The result is a fascinating picture of how tastes and styles have changed, and the ways in which technology has affected housing in this period.
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