historic restoration


Savannah, revered for its National Landmark Historic District of restored (and mostly preserved) 19th-century houses, has a wonderful collection of exceptional mid-century modern homes. In this well preserved Magnolia Park home the 1956 kitchen survives intact. Even the range-top and wall oven are in working order (clothes washer is a new LG combo appliance).


Complete exterior restoration job. This is a beautiful historic home located on the corner of front and meeting street in historic down town Georgetown, SC. The crew at Clean Image washed, scraped, sanded, and sealed the building before applying a drop of paint. Prep is key in any quality painting project. We are proud to be a part of this project. @cleanimagepw

crystalizedforest  asked:

primitive skills question: I want to take wilderness survival courses but holy gods they're so expensive!! do you have any recommendations on books that can teach me the theories? also, do you know how you would go about finding legally if it's okay to light primitive fires in your backyard? thank you so much!!

Woohoo! This is exactly the kind of question I love getting. And bear with me because this warrants something of a long answer, as I think it’s important for folks to know more about (that’s also why I’m answering this here instead of making it part of the Secret Side Blog Patreon thing). 

To start: I’m located in the Pacific Northwest, so most of the locations I’ll be talking about are also based around this region. However, you can still apply the notions to other areas of the USA, and use some of the following links to get connected with people in the wilderness skills and primitive survival industries; I’m sure that many would be happy to help folks find programs closer to home!

If you want to get involved with primitive skills in a hands-on capacity, nothing beats learning from those with experience. There are good books on the subject, and YouTube is a wealth of information, as well! But if you’ve got the time for taking courses, you may also have the time to do a work away or WWOOF with farms that have a specific focus in this particular field. 

Prime example: We attend Okanogan Barter Faire each year with our friends from the Wilderbabes primitive school in Washington State. They offer classes for all age groups, but also have programs available for folks who wish to live and stay on the property in exchange for manual labor. You get to learn new skills, help out around the farm, and they provide room and board. Katie is fantastic (and totally adorable), so if you’re in the area and have the time, jump contact her ASAP! 

Another option which does admittedly cost money, but which is still far less expensive than taking full immersion classes, is to attend primitive skills festivals and gatherings. In Oregon, our most well-known event is called Echoes in Time. My partner, Danny, has attended two years in a row now and always returns with a wealth of information! His specific focus is always medicinal plants and wild harvesting, but last year, he took a class from friends of ours who build primitive longbows. Here’s a website which lists all similar events across the country! 

Going back to the Workaway suggestion, I found multiple awesome opportunities around the world by using the keyword “wilderness” for search results. Everything from building off-grid communities in Switzerland to helping restore historic hunting lodges in Quebec. These Workaway experiences are fantastic ways to get hands-on experience while also travelling the world and learning how to exist outside your daily bubble. We even have a Workaway program for the Mini-Farm, but the space is currently occupied, and likely will be until we finalize our move. 

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a cool program that’s similar to Workaway, except that it puts a focus on organic farming. Danny just spent three months WOOFFing at different establishments across the West Coast, and previously spent half a year in Australia doing the same. While organic farming isn’t quite the same thing as wilderness survival or primitive skills, elements of the latter certainly play heavily into the experience of WWOOFing. Some farms teach tanning, firebuilding, primitive shelters, and offer basic courses on wilderness first aid. It’s another great way to get out there and experience new things while remaining relatively low-cost. 

Lastly, in regards to building backyard fires - Each city likely has a different ordinance in regards to this topic. Ours, for example, doesn’t allow people to burn anything outside of certain times of the year unless we’re outside of city limits, at which point it’s dependent upon county regulations instead. Your best bet would be contact your local city hall and try to get in contact with someone who has the pertinent information. 

Hope this helps! 


Unified Italy is a relatively new concept and Italy is a relatively new country, but regional divisions in the 20th century mean that Molise is one of the youngest regions in a young country. It is located just above the “ankle” of Italy’s boot. Its coastline on the Adriatic is slightly north of the spur in northern Puglia that juts out into the sea. While the title of smallest Italian region lies further north in the Aosta Valley, Molise is a close second. Geography ranges from mountain peaks inland down to hills closer to the sea. Famous people from here include 13th century Pope Celestine V, politician Antonio Di Pietro, and singer-songwriter Fred Bongusto. Tourism hasn’t historically been a big part of Molise’s economy, although that’s starting to change a bit in parts of the region. The mountains of inland Molise are great for outdoors enthusiasts – particularly so in the summer for mountain hikes. Summer also brings people to the Adriatic coast, and although there are arguably nicer beaches elsewhere in the country, the beaches of Molise are far less popular (and therefore less crowded). The small towns and villages of Molise allow visitors to get away from the crowds and relax. Many don’t have major “sights”, and some suffered quite a bit of damage in a 2002 earthquake, but careful rebuilding efforts in some towns have resulted in picturesque centers that are faithful to their historic look. 

Campobasso – Capital and largest city, home to a university, a 15th century castle, 11th century churches, and 16th century cathedral

Isernia – Near Lazio border dating back to ancient Rome, historic center still based on ancient Roman city layout, sights include an archaeological excavation and a nearby village with ruins dating back to the 3rd and 4th centuries B.C.E.

Larino – Town in a mountain valley, heavily damaged in 2002 quake, historic center rebuilt faithfully, sights include 1st century Roman amphitheatre and 11th century cathedral

Termoli – Beach resort popular with vacationing Italians, home to a large Fiat plant, historic center faithfully restored after 2002 quake

Agnone – City near the Abruzzo border, historic artifacts found here date back to 3rd century B.C.E., sights include a museum at the Marinelli bell foundry (in business for more than 1,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest companies)

The region only has one large ethnic minority: The Molisan Croats (20,000 people who speak an old Dalmatian dialect of the Croatian language) are known for being particularly devout Catholics. They speak the old Dalmatian dialect alongside Italian.

Fragment of a grave.
This cemetery was the final resting place for patients of the one time Vermont Asylum for the Insane. Over time the cemetery was damaged and vandalized. Recently​ an attempt was made to restore this historic cemetery. Many broken gravestones were put in these small “sandboxes” to help preserve them.
Brattleboro VT 2016


Torwood Castle Revisit.

Second visit here, according to a date stone found in a nearby ditch in 1918, Torwood Castle was built in 1566.  In 1957 the castle was bought by a Glaswegian accountant, Gordon Millar, who set about restoring it over the following 40 years, until his death in 1998. Although he did a lot of good work in stabilising the stonework, unfortunately he also made some questionable alterations to the castle, including a concrete reconstruction of the main staircase, and the use of cement-based mortars. It is now owned by the Torwood Castle Trust, set up as a charity with the aim of restoring the castle. 

It is now a category A listed building which outs is in a class of national or international importance, either architectural or historic. 

Any further restoration has to be passed by the local authorities who consult with  Historic Environment Scotland, which used to be called Historic Scotland. 

you guys……. I have such cool friends

one of my friends works on a steel warship doing restoration and historical tours, one is on her way to a badass medical degree, one is about to move to LA to work in comedy/tv production, several are off at the ends of the earth doing exciting biology field work, and several more are gracefully undergoing periods of massive personal growth and/or preparing to graduate

I’m just. dang wow


Bakers Terrazzo Floor 1925 Building Restoration Downtown Miami by Phillip Pessar

plot:don’t fuck your elder brother’s prize pupil/intern

                 he’d been waiting in his brother’s office for about three minutes now, leaning against the desk with his back to the door, idly checking his phone to see if he’d yet missed any work emails or updates. where mathias had gone towards the arts with his career in historical restoration and dealt with old architecture, thierry had wanted something different, something more. he wanted a job on wall street where he could rake in the money, and that was where he was now. or, nearly made it. he wasn’t a shareholder just yet. “it’s about fucking time, i haven’t got all day,” he exclaimed, turning around and pocketing his phone. but at the sight of the other and hearing her continue to babble as she walked into the office he couldn’t help but laugh. “you’re not my brother,” thierry pointed out, “and i am not my brother, who i assume is your boss? you’re pretty, though. an intern, too, from the sound of it… right?”


The Betrayal of Leningrad

During World War II, on the 8th of September, 1941 German forces surrounded the City of Leningrad, formerly known as St. Petersburg. During the siege, which wouldn’t be lifted until January 27th of 1944, the soldiers and civilians of Leningrad would suffer hardship and deprivation on a scale that would make the siege perhaps the most horrific battle of World War II. Isolated from the rest of the Soviet Union, the defenders of Leningrad faced longs odds as they were surrounded and cutoff from supplies and reinforcements. The city was under constant artillery shelling, bombardment, and assualt. Hundreds of thousands died of starvation, with the most desparate to survive resorting to cannibalism. Overall, the 900 day siege cost the lives of over 1 million soldiers, as well as another 1 million civilians. However, no matter how bad things got, Leningrad refused to surrender.

The Siege of Leningrad became a source of pride for its people, and the defenders of the city, both soldiers and civilians alike became national celebrities. After the war Leningrad experienced a period of renewal and rennaissance, becoming a radiant center of Soviet culture as well as a political rival to Moscow. This reblossoming of the city was mostly due to a new culture of self reliance, resiliance, and achievement spawned by the sufferings and accomplishments of the siege’s survivors. Many of the heroes of Leningrad became influential political, social, and civil leaders. To the ever paranoid Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, Leningrad was a threat to his own power and authority, and Stalin was notorious for coming down hard against those he saw as a threat. In January of 1949 Stalin ordered a purge of Leningrad, entrusting the work to his two deputies; Georgy Malenkov and Lavrentiy Beria. Over the next several months numerous Leningrad political officials, industrialists, scientists, and academics were arrested and charged with crimes against the state. 5 men were executed; Nikolai Voznesensky, Mikhail Rodionov, Aleksei Kuznetsov, Pyotr Popkov, Ya. F. Kapustin and P.G. Lazutin. Kuznetsov was the former general who organized the defenses of Leningrad during the siege. Another 200 were sentenced to the gulags (hard labor camps) for terms of 11-25 years, which was practically a death sentence for many. Another 2,000 had their property and possessions seized, and were exiled from the city.

Perhaps the greatest insult of all was the closing of the Museum of the Siege of Leningrad, which was ordered by Malenkov with Stalin’s approval. Malenkov declared the Siege of Leningrad, “a myth of anti-Soviet traitors trying to diminish Comrade Stalin’s greatness”. The Siege of Leningrad was purged from Soviet history, with mentions of the siege being erased from books and public records. After Stalin’s death in 1953, all of the accused were declared innocent of their crimes, and historical records restored with Nikita Kruschev’s de-Stalinization campaign.

this is eileen. if you sing dexy’s midnight runners to her one more time, she will stab you. penchant for acoustic music, advocating for restoration of historic facades, and a good white zinfandel on a thursday night. believes you should be kind to everyone but goddamn it’s not always gonna be a walk in the park. also the child of @boldlydared but only so she can organize his fun-eral.