Medway Historical Society
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marian Pierre-Louis, Vice President
Medway Historical Society
223 Main Street, Medway, MA 02053
Specialist Provides Tips for Historic Home Owners
Mass., March 19 – Mark Landry of Landmark Services
introduced Medway homeowners Tuesday night to techniques for preserving
the historic character of their older homes. Invited by the Medway
Historical Society to give a talk called “Restoring Old Homes:
Advice from a Professional”, Landry captivated the audience
with restoration tips illustrated by real life examples.
advised home owners to follow some basic guidelines if they decide
to renovate or restore their homes. Among the advice
he gave was to research the history of the house before starting
work on the project, assemble the right team and determine your
goals. Many times a decision needs to be made between restoring
a house to an original period look versus renovating a house
so that it is modern yet reminiscent of the original architectural
Choosing contractors and architects that specialize in historic
restoration is an important part of every restoration or renovation
project. Not all contractors are familiar with the unique expertise
needed for restoring historical homes. Landry suggested being careful
when adding additions so that they are harmonious with the original
architectural style and likewise play it safe with the selection
of paint colors.
One of the benefits of doing restorations on historical homes
today is that there are many more manufacturers of architectural
reproductions. Homeowners have a much easier time of getting the
reproductions they need to restore their homes to their original
look. Landry also advised that older homes can be energy efficient
without replacing the windows with newer vinyl replacements.
Landry closed the talk with a visual tour of his own home, a Greek
revival from the 1830s which he restored himself over a seven month
period. The Medway residents, encouraged by the talk, discussed
the challenges and goals in their own homes after the presentation.
The talk is one of a series that the Medway Historical Society
is presenting this spring about old homes. The society is starting
a new on-going project to encourage Medway home owners to research
the history of their homes. Residents can contact the society with
questions about how to get started with their research. More information
about Mark Landry and Landmark Services is available at www.landmarkservices.com.
Information about upcoming programs at the Medway Historical Society
can be accessed at www.MedwayHistoricalSociety.org.