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…

Dave, removing floor joists at the end of a long two days

David Ewing to present at 2013 National Preservation Conference

PTF’s own David Ewing will present his paper, “Moving Historic Properties: A Valid Method of Preservation” at the National Trust for Preservation’s 2013 Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  Inspired by his experience dismantling the Demeritt-O’Kane house, the paper reviews the history of moving buildings and includes the example of a Boston apartment building which was moved at…

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…

Finished panel, finally installed

Marrett House: Magic and a Time Machine

Last week we assembled Marrett House‘s 15 foot frame and panel wall and installed it.  The day felt like a mini-crane day, with shoulders instead of cranes, and a mini-rush of adrenaline.  When the day was over, and we’d reversed the effects of last April’s drunken car crash, I realized that time machines are not made…

Marrett House Panels Cope with Dismantling

Yesterday we began the dismantling the Marrett House panels in order to repair the broken stiles and rails.  Above, Shawn shows his method for extracting the pins.  He drills a tiny hole through the center of the pin, then threads a screw into the hole until it just bites, and then uses a hammer claw…

Moffatt-Ladd’s Temporary Windows Illuminate PTF Talent

Our clients often comment on a pervasive artistic sentiment within the PTF crew.  Shawn Perry and David Ford pursued careers in drawing and ceramics, respectively, before becoming timber framers.  Ed and myself majored in art as undergraduates, and a portrait of Reese (scroll down) hangs in the National Portrait Gallery (Reese’s friend Megan Ledbetter took the photo,…