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Blending old and new is often the most difficult part of adding onto a vintage house—but for architectural historian Joan Lawrence, adding a sense of history to a new kitchen and dining room for her 1882 Carpenter Gothic house was easy, thanks to her passion for architectural salvage.

Blending old and new is often the most difficult part of adding onto a vintage house—but for architectural historian Joan Lawrence, adding a sense of history to a new kitchen and dining room for her 1882 Carpenter Gothic house was easy, thanks to her passion for architectural salvage.

Sunville’, late 19th century.  ‘Sunville’ was the home of the Clanchy family in the fashionable city suburb of St. Luke’s. The photographs reveal a typical Victorian house interior, rich in furniture, pictures, ornaments and family photographs.  (CCCA PR11 Clanchy Papers)

Sunville’, late 19th century. ‘Sunville’ was the home of the Clanchy family in the fashionable city suburb of St. Luke’s. The photographs reveal a typical Victorian house interior, rich in furniture, pictures, ornaments and family photographs. (CCCA PR11 Clanchy Papers)

American Renaissance Revival Metal Mounted and Gilt Painted Marquetry Inlaid Rosewood and Walnut Side Cabinet  In the style of Herter Brothers, the recessed central pediment continuing to an elongated and shaped rectangular top above a conforming case enclosing a central door decorated with musical instruments suspended from a ribbon, flanked by tapering pilasters, raised on short shaped and incised block feet.

American Renaissance Revival Metal Mounted and Gilt Painted Marquetry Inlaid Rosewood and Walnut Side Cabinet In the style of Herter Brothers, the recessed central pediment continuing to an elongated and shaped rectangular top above a conforming case enclosing a central door decorated with musical instruments suspended from a ribbon, flanked by tapering pilasters, raised on short shaped and incised block feet.

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I tried to keep things neat, but what can anyone do about a dark old place with windows painted shut and fretwork curlicues cluttering the corners of every door frame? - pg. 4 Loving Frank

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