CARING FOR OLD HOUSES

Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation
82 Wall Street
Suite 1105
New York, NY 10005
(617) 491-3727
Preservation of landscapes.

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9545
FAX (202) 452-9328
E-mail: info@aic-faic.org
Provides referrals for conservators.

American Lock Collectors Association
36076 Grennada
Livonia, MI 48154
(313) 522-0920
FAX (313) 522-5657
Old locks, handcuffs, keys, and safes; newsletter.

American Society of Interior Designers
Historic Preservation Committee
608 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-3480
Preservation of interior designs.

American Society of Landscape Architects
4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20008-2302
(202) 686-2752
Preservation of landscapes.

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
172 Second Avenue North
Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 255-2971
FAX (615) 255-2979
Historic preservation information.

Antique Doorknob Collectors of America
PO Box 31
Chatham, NJ 07928-0031
E-mail: KnobNews@aol.com
Antique doorknobs and related hardware; bi-monthly - The Doorknob Collector.

Antique Stove Association
5515 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 521-0934
Restorers, collectors and dealers of antique stoves; promotes communication; library.

Antique Stove Information Clearinghouse
417 North Main Street
Monticello, IN 47960-1932
(219) 583-6465
Antique Stove Information Clearinghouse assists collectors in need of stove parts, brings buyers and sellers together, offers restoration services, and catalogs.

Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)
PO Box 3511
Williamsburg, VA 23187-3511
(540) 373-1621
Historic preservation and preservation technology information.

Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
203 East Seminary
PO Box 66
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
(815) 244-1173
Education in collections care and historic preservation.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 622-3267
FAX (412) 622-3112
Preservation, research and disseminate information on fine art, decorative art and architecture.

Center for Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College
May Washington College
Fredricksburg, VA 22401-5358
(703) 899-4037
FAX (703) 899-4123
Education in historic preservation and architectural conservation.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Office of Architectural Collections Management
PO Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
(804) 220-7432
FAX (804) 220-7778
Preservation of architecture and history; education and training; library and archive.

General Services Administration (GSA)
18th & F Streets, NW
Room 1300
Washington, DC 20405
(202) 501-1737
FAX (202) 219-0104
Architecture and historic preservation, fine and decorative arts.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 510
Washington, DC 20506
(202) 606-8536
FAX (202) 606-8591
Architectural and historic preservation, fine and decorative arts.

Lock Museum of America
230 Main Street, Route 6
PO Box 104
Terryville, CT 06786-0104
(860) 589-6359
Old locks, safes, keys, etc.

National Guild of Professional Paperhangers
10521 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 429-0920; (800) 254-6477
FAX (314) 429-0334
Writes wallcovering manufacturer standards for ASTM.

National Park Service
18th & C Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20840
(202) 208-4621
Preservation information and publications.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 673-4000
Architectural and historic preservation.

Paint and Decorating Retailers Association
403 Axminster
St. Louis, MO 63026-2941
(636) 326-2636
FAX (636) 326-1823

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-3956
FAX (617) 277-9204
Preservation, interpretaion and collection of building, landscapes, and objects relating to New England's daily life.

Washington University Technology Associates, Inc.
Conservation Group
8200 Brentwood Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 645-5230
FAX (314) 645-8711
Architecture and historic preservation, fine and decorative arts.

Winterthur Museum
University of Delaware
Winterthur, DE 19808
(302) 888-4600
FAX (302) 888-4870/4880
Fine and decorative arts; education and training; library and archive.

World Monuments Fund
174 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 517-9367
FAX (212) 628-3146
Architectural conservation and preservation.

Additional Internet Resources

Antique Stoves.com
Information about stoves from the 1750s to the 1950s.

Carpet and Rug Institute
Information on maintenance and care of carpets and rugs.

Home Time
Home improvement, remodeling, and repair.

 

Living Home
Information on remodeling.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
House remodeling.

National Wood Flooring Association
Information on the maintenance, care, and cleaning of wood floors.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Health and safety links and information.

Old Appliance Club
Information on old appliances.

Old House Web
Information on old houses.

Pigments: Historical, Chemical, and Artistic Importance of Coloring Agents
Information on pigments and colors.


Preserve/Net
Preservation network and information.

Restoration Hardware
Hardware, bathware, accessories, etc.

Sherwin-Williams Do It Yourself
Paint information.

Wallcoverings Association
Organization for wallcovering professionals.

Wood-Stoves
A source for information on wood stoves and heating!

The Woodworking Catalog
Woodworking information.

World of Old Houses
Guide to caring for and restoring old houses.

References

Your local library may have some journals and books that may be of some use. The following books will help get you started:

Blumenson, John J.-G. Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945, 1981, AALSH.

Butcher-Younghans, Sherry. Historic house museums: a practical handbook for their care, preservation, and management, 1993, New York: Oxford University Press.

Fisher, Charles E., III, Michael Auer, and Anne Grimmer. The interiors handbook for historic buildings, 1988, Washington, DC: Historic Preservation Education Foundation.

Litchfield, Michael W. Renovation: A Complete Guide, 2nd rev. ed., 1990, New York: Prentice Hall.

Heritage Preservation and National Park Service. Caring for Your Historic House: Preserving and Maintaining, 1998, New York: Harry N. Abrams.

Moss, Roger W., ed. Paint in America: the colors of historic buildings, 1994, Washington, DC: Preservation Press, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

National Maritime Initiative. Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook.

National Trust for Historic Preservation. Landmark Yellow Pages: All the names, addresses, facts, and figures you need in preservation, Preservation Press Publication, 1993, John Wiley & Sons Publishers.

Old-House Journal.

Old-House Journal Restoration Directory, updated annually, Dovetale Publishers.

This list is not all-inclusive. You can also try contacting your local historic society.

The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make any warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organization or other pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.

Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Created: April 1996
Updated: March 2004