Preservation Round-up for January

Articles on Preservation of Historic Buildings and Architectures


Granville Ohio in 1830s two views

When I first saw the thumbnail for this drawing in the current catalogue at Garth’s Auctions, I knew the composition was familiar – namely, it was a subject illustrated in a lithograph by one M. French, made between 1835 and 1839, in the collections of the American Antiquarian Society…..Continue reading

Former Cyrus Strong Building

Standing alone it would be a very impressive structure, but situated as it is between the Perry and Press Buildings, two of Binghamton’s most magnificent architectural landmarks, the building at 17 Chenango Street tends to go unnoticed. Unnoticed that is, until something spectacular happens… like last month for example, when a raging 3-alarm fire ripped through the building shooting flames high into the night sky and threatening to destroy the very heart of Binghamton’s historic district……Continue reading

Middlle Octorara United Presbyterian Shrine Church

Township, Lancaster County, Pa

“Churches of Today and Yesterday in Southern Lancaster County” by Fellowship of Solanco Churches, Raymond Dunlap, George Herbert, & Richard Yates, Sr. printed 1968


The Octorara Covenanter, Associate, Associate Reformed, United Presbyterian Church of North America, “Shrine” Church is located on the North side of Route 372, between Green Tree and Quarryville, in Bart Township, at what is locally known as Middle Octorara. On the opposite side of the road is found the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church……Continue reading

St. Catherine of Siena Church

Irishmen engaged on the farms and in the foundries along the Octoraro, the Pequea, and the Conowingo Creeks united as a Catholic congregation about 1830. Father Bernard McCabe, the pastor of St. Ma1achy’s Church in the woods of Doe Run, Chester County, cared also for the Catholics in Coatesville, in Parkesburg, and in southern Lancaster County. Each month he administered baptism, heard con-fessions, and offered Mass in the farmhouse of Bernard McCaffrey, which is now the home of Carl Johnson……Continue reading

Ever wonder; How to?

“Don’t sign a contract with a contractor for the entire job. First ask them to do a sample of their work, a good size sample that can represent the quality of work that you are going to get for the entire project. Plan to pay them for it and tell them that you would like the sample to remain as part of the overall project so that it will represent what the remaining job will look like.” If a contractor knows he cannot really accomplish the task, he/she may walk away from the challenge and that is good for historic building conservation……Continue reading