Don Pendergast

Timber Grading

“They still call it Black Monday,” says Don Pendergast, standing over a 10″ x 16″ timber, 48′ long. He’s trying to grade a yard full of timbers destined for the Lewis Conservation Center while a wannabe April O’Neil peppers him with questions about his 20 year career grading wood for NELMA, the New England Lumber Manufacturer’s Association. He’s…

Acworth meetinghouse crane

Kitchen of the Community

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance recently released an inspiring video about the restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse. Built by Elias Carter in 1821, the Acworth Meetinghouse, with its double lantern spire, is a masterful representation of historic building craft. In 2008, the steeple and undercarriage were repaired by local craftspeople trained and supervised by PTF in techniques unique to steeple repair,…

Middleton Old Town Hall

Narnia of New Hampshire

Middleton, NH is one of those friendly, tightly-knit communities where folks meet weekly for a potluck at the old town hall.  The center of town is at a place known as Four Corners, at the intersection of Kings Highway and New Durham/Ridge Road.  Our subject, the Old Town Hall, stands at one of the corners;…

Abyssinian Meetinghouse, photo by Troy R. Bennet for the Bangor Daily News

Abyssinian Meetinghouse listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Properties

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced it’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Properties.  The Abyssinian Meetinghouse had the dubious distinction of making it on the list.  Inclusion on the list indicates the importance of the third-oldest standing African-American meetinghouse in our nation’s history, but also sheds light upon the lack of…

Our Biggest Fan

In 1900, Charles Goodhue drew this sketch from the memory of an elderly parishioner.  This is one of the only remaining images that depict the building from this era.  Fortunately, evidence within the building has proven this sketch to be remarkably accurate. From the beginning of our involvement in the project, we have been looking…