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Visit the Old House Doctor

Free drop-in event. Come ask preservation experts from Historic New England and Boston Building Resources about taking care of your older home. Find answers to questions such as:

  • What preventive maintenance steps can I take to avoid deterioration and damage?
  • How can I tune up my older double-hung windows and make them energy efficient?
  • What is the architectural style of my house?
  • What paint colors can I use to enhance its historical character?

Bring photos or images of your old house to illustrate your questions.

Among the “old house doctors” on hand will be three preservation services staffers from Historic New England: Joseph Cornish, who will focus on maintenance questions; Joanna McKnight, an architectural historian who can help you identify your home’s style; and Sally Zimmerman, who can provide suggestions on paint color selection. Contractor Steve Gentile, who leads window restoration workshops at Boston Building Resources, will demonstrate how older double-hung windows work and how they can be restored and weather-stripped.

Rain or shine. No preregistration needed.

Later Event: September 20
Solar Saturday