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Helpful Resources and Links

This information is intended to assist you on your quest to take good care of your old place.

Old House C.P.R. (Castle Media Co.) does not make any endorsements or recommendations regarding the qualifications of any particular organization, product, service or individual. This listing is intended for informational purposes only; individual discretion is always suggested.

Preservation Organizations

Every state has a preservation office, duly called their ‘State Historic Preservation Office’ or SHPO for short. Each state administers their programs and services specific to that particular State and includes programs such as National Register of Historic Places, tax incentives, easements, grants, technical assistance, Section 106 review, and education programs.
This directory lists SHPO offices for each State in the US.

Founded in 1910 to protect New England’s cultural and architectural heritage, Historic New England is an internationally known museum and national leader in preservation, research, and innovative programming. HNE is headquartered in Boston, with museums located throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is a state agency, and is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and protection of Maine’s significant cultural resources as directed by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Commission oversees the statewide survey program, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, reviews development activities for their effect on cultural resources, co-ordinates rehabilitation projects under the Preservation Tax Incentives Program, assists local governments in survey work and the design of preservation guidelines, and is involved in a variety of public education activities.

Maine Preservation is a statewide, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the irreplaceable architectural heritage, historic sites and communities of Maine. This site features links to funding sources, preservation organizations, technical assistance, professionals, legislation and upcoming preservation-related events in Maine.

Greater Portland Landmarks’ mission is to enrich the quality of life in Portland and surrounding communities by promoting the appreciation, preservation and appropriate use of historic structures and landscapes.

 

Preservation Resources

A terrific resource for preservation information and resources is the Preservation Directory. PreservationDirectory.com is the online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada. Their goal is to foster the preservation of historic buildings, historic downtowns and neighborhoods, cultural resources, and to promote heritage tourism by facilitating communication among historic preservation professionals and the general public.

The Center for Painted Wall Preservation is dedicated to the research and preservation of eighteenth and early nineteenth century American paint-decorated plaster walls.  PWP aids homeowners in the research, appreciation, documentation, conservation and restoration of their painted plaster walls, including murals and stenciled designs.

Publications/Programs

www.oldhouseonline.com

The Old House Journal is the definitive old house magazine.

www.pbs.org/wgbh/thisoldhouse

The PBS series This Old House is the original home improvement show.  Their site has a library of episodes on various restoration projects.

Preservation Products

www.usg.com

Plaster and related materials supplier and information resource. Leading manufacturer of building materials for construction and remodeling industries.

www.bontool.com

Plastering tools and supplies. Bon Tool Co. is a global manufacturer of professional grade tools and supplies.

www.larsenproducts.com

Plaster bonding agents. Larsen Products Corp. concrete and plaster bonding agents for high-performance bonding of cementitious materials directly to structural surfaces.

www.silpro.com

Plaster bonding agents. Resurfacing, Protecting, Repairing, Bonding — SILPRO IT! The industry leader in concrete repair and flooring products offering the highest levels of durability, affordability & versatility.

 

Old House C.P.R. (Castle Media Co.) does not make any endorsements or recommendations regarding the qualifications of any particular organization, product, service or individual. This listing is intended for informational purposes only; individual discretion is always suggested.

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