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Maine Steeples Project

The Maine Steeples Project provides crucial support to the communities that are preserving Maine’s most iconic structures.  A collaborative effort of Maine Preservation, the Maine Community Foundation, and a donor-advised fund, the foundation matches community-raised funds and provides professional guidance.  From their newly-updated website: The Maine Steeples Project supports local efforts to assess and restore…

Roof framing, exploded

No Worms in this Birdsmouth

Last week, Arron and I saw a neat roof framing detail at a Greek Revival home in Brunswick.  The rafter was joined to the tie beam with a birdsmouth and pinned with a trunnel, the tie overlapped the plate and supported a flying purlin, and the plate ran past the gable end post to create…

Ice House in a Heat Wave

On Friday we erected the Ice House, c. 1770.  This small, 10′ x 13′, frame is an exact replica of the larger barn to which it was found adjacent.  The Ice House had been fully sheathed inside and out, and the wall cavities filled with sawdust, for insulation.  It is extremely rare to find an…

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…