Historic Salem, Inc presents
THE OLD HOUSE WHISPERER
The importance of the private owner in the preservation of historic New England Houses.
Many people view historic museums as the primary preservers of early houses. The fact is most old houses in New England are privately owned. Thus upkeep, restoration, and preservation of these priceless structures are born by the people who live in and maintain them.
John Cole, also known as “The Old House Whisperer,” was Property Manager for the SPNEA - (now Historic New England). He worked extensively with Abbott Cummings, foremost American architectural historian. John has overseen countless preservation projects in New England as well as Arkansas. He founded Shaker Workshops, Inc. and taught Historical Preservation at the Harvard School of Design and at the University of Arkansas, Graduate School of Architecture. Today, he shares his expertise through lectures, consulting, and by writing books and dating documents for private homeowners.
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