Arron signals the crane operator as he lowers the H onto the sill

Paper Beats Rock

We all have illusions about longevity. Many people think that a building’s strength is derived from its foundation, made of stone, or brick, or concrete, but that’s only partly true. A good foundation is a blessing, but a bad foundation is not damning. We’ve seen so many foundation failures that in a well-designed timber frame, we…

Jennison Barn

Bread and Butter Barn

I write a lot about our unusual jobs: a deserted island, an elevated dance floor, or a building-sized jewelry box, but most of us got into this to do jobs like the Jennison barn. The job incorporates so many of PTF’s defining motifs: barn preservation, adaptive re-use, local history and creative clients. The Jennisons called in early…

Chuck, Lee and the mill

Freedom Mill in Food & Wine

Last Month’s Food & Wine featured The Heartbreaking Story Behind The Lost Kitchen about Erin French’s revived restaurant in the restored Freedom Mill. The author was especially charmed by her surroundings: …Take a quick left on Main Street, and there’s The Mill at Freedom Falls—The Lost Kitchen’s once crumbling, now beautifully renovated home. Cross a narrow bridge…

Lee shows Scott the mill works

Mill at Freedom Falls wins Maine Preservation Honor award

Maine Preservation held their annual honor awards ceremony last Thursday,  to “recognize owners, developers, professionals and leaders responsible for transformative historic preservation efforts throughout the state.”  We were proud to be part of the team honored for the restoration of The Mill at Freedom Falls.  Read the full list of honorees, here. This project was…