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House Histories: A Guide to Tracing the Genealogy of Your Home

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940 icon

A Little Better Than Plumb: The Biography of a House

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Historical, Genealogical, Architectural Notes on Some Houses of Clare icon

Not Just Anywhere: The Rescue of New Bedford's Waterfront District icon

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Historic Portland, OR neighborhood.

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My apologies to Norm and the guys, but that's what I tend to think about my old house, a 1927 bungalow with which I have a love-hate relationship. 

For my Cowtown Neighbors: Old Home Supply House, in Fort Worth, Texas.  These kind folks recently directed me to a plumber who could work on our bathroom without disturbing the original mosaic tile floor! Whew! As long as you're sightseeing, be sure to visit Historic Ryan Place!

I live on the West Side, in Arlington Heights. Right around the corner (literally) from my house, you can find the 1924 Hillcrest Service Station.  I can see the Arlington Heights United Methodist Church from my front windows. Another near neighbor is the Galerie Kornye West, where I can only afford to window-shop! One of the nicest things of all about our neighborhood is that when the rodeo comes to town, we're within spittin' distance (no, don't do that!) of the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Historic Fort Worth, Inc., has a great article titled How to Research Your House. They also offer History Detectives, a children's historical architecture discovery program. Historic Camp Bowie, Inc. focuses on the corridor created by red brick-paved street that my kids like to call "Camp Bumpy." You can see Camp Bowie Blvd. from my living room windows, just up the hill from my house. (If you're local, that should tell you that we do not live on the Rivercrest side of Camp Bowie, but in the much more modest neighborhood!)

UPDATE, September 2006: Since we're currently undergoing a crisis with fixtures in our only bathroom, I will add some links to some antique plumbing supply houses & info I'm finding as I research this problem!

Period Homes: Provides resources for professionals working on traditionally styled residential buildings.

Gallery of Early Virginia Homes - Pre-1830 beauties!

Architectural Woodwork Institute

Technical Preservation Resources for Old Buildings
From the National Park Service

Digital Archives of American Architecture

Guidelines for Researching Your Home from the fine folks at the Memphis Library in Tennessee.

How to Research the History of Your House (or Other Buildings) in New Orleans

If Houses Could Talk - an article from HGTV, host of If Walls Could Talk.

Old House Journal Online

American Bungalow

Researching Old Houses - from

Past Places - I haven't had time to explore this one much, but it sure looks interesting!

The Old House Web Decorative Arts

Van Dykes Restorers

Resources for Historic Properties

A-Ball Plumbing

Motawi Tileworks - Wow!

Oak Park Home & Hardware

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