Historic Preservation Resources

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Vintage bathtub illustrationVintage Tub & Bath
Reproduction bathroom hardware, fixtures such as faucets, showers, towel bars, etc. Shipping is free in the continental United States.

Bungalow Bathrooms book Bungalow Bathrooms Jane Powell & Linda Svendsen
Bungalow Bathrooms is a book about how to restore or design a period, or period-style bathroom for a bungalow or other late nineteenth or early twentieth century house. It provides a wealth of ideas about fixtures, tile, countertops, flooring, and all the other elements that make up a bungalow bathroom, as well as advice about how to integrate modern technology while retaining a period look. One hundred and fifty stunning color photographs of original, restored, and new bathrooms from the period 1885-1940, as well as archival photographs and illustrations, provide inspiration.


Aamsco Lighting, Inc.
Reproduction light bulbs. These historic lamps add just the right finishing touch of authenticity to period lighting.

Antique glass globe Allen's Antique Lighting
This site shows some of the most amazing period lighting I have ever seen! Any lover of Arts and Crafts design will find this site a rare and wonderful treat.


Brass and glass table lampBrass Reproductions
9711 Canoga Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(800) 828-5858
Victorian and early American lighting reproductions.

Antique Light BulbKilokat's antique light bulb site
This site exists for the purpose of sharing items from the collection of this very informed collector, through pictures. Such items include antique light bulbs, early radio tubes and box art, x-ray tubes, figural neon glow lights, vintage Christmas lights and more. The gallery contains over 600 pictures of items with full descriptions that accompany most pictures.

Chain Mount Lantern LightOld California Lantern Company
A large assortment of handmade Arts & Crafts lighting.

Antique Copper Arts and Crafts Light Fixture Rejuvenation Lamp & Fixture Co.
1100 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-1900
Reproduction Victorian and Craftsman lighting

Victorian Reflections
Hand painted Victorian style lamps, original, and replacement shades for damaged lamps. This link remains as a tribute to the artist to whom this site belonged until her recent death. None of the items shown are for sale, but the site is worth a visit to admire the beauty this woman created.

Curtains and Wallpaper

J R Burrow design sample J. R. Burrows & Co.
25 Huntington Ave. Rm 527
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-6171
Lace curtains, wallpaper. These folks are true artists. Visit this site to see their work even if you don't need anything.

Bradbury and Bradbury sampleBradbury & Bradbury
P.O. Box 155
Benecia, CA 94510
(707) 746-1900
Victorian and Arts & Crafts reproduction wallpapers. They have recently introduced a line of Art Deco papers that are stunning!

Charles Rupert Design sampleCharles Rupert Design
2005 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria B.C., Canada V8R 1E4
(250) 592-4916
Craftsman & Art Nouveau wallpaper


Linoleum kitchen The word "linoleum" has become a generic term for resilient flooring of all kinds, but it is NOT vinyl. Linoleum is a flooring product made of natural materials, including linseed oil, resins, wood flour, cork, limestone, and jute fabric.

These folks got bright and are offering linoleum as well as vinyl. I used this product in my service porch in my Craftsman house. It looks great!!

These folks make some great patterns that you can use alone, or combine with others for a unique floor.

The Flax Council of Canada Linoleum Page
Gee, what is linoleum, anyway? This site answers questions about this great product which is superior to vinyl, a material containing known carcinogens.

Linoleum title from the book of the same name by Jane PowellLinoleum
Jane Powell & Linda Svenson
This book tells the history of linoleum and contains photos of fabulous linoleum patterns from several decades. It also provides resources for obtaining vintage and newly manufactured linoleum.

This fascinating new book focuses on vintage linoleum; more specifically the marvelous patterns produced from its invention in 1863 until its almost complete eradication in the 1960s due to wide scale vinyl production. Linoleum is also about the rebirth of authentic linoleum flooring in the past couple of decades, and the hope for a future in which linoleum receives the long overdue respect it has always deserved.

Drawing upon their expertise in restoring and photographing old homes, the authors share the history and evolution of floor coverings generally, and linoleum in particular. With humor and insight, they single out the differing types and patterns of this durable product, discuss its care and maintenance, and list major resilient flooring companies where linoleum can easily be found.

This is a must-have collectible book for anyone who ever played with toy cars on grandma's kitchen floor, or arranged their marbles to fit the curious patterns that stretched from corner to corner. 128 pages, hardcover. Gibbs Smith. (November 2003)

Szold's Modern Floor Coverings
4602 E. Broadway Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-4989
These friendly folks, Wayne and his daughter Penny, display the full Armstrong line of linoleum and provide installation.


Door latch hardwareBall and Ball
463 W. Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341
(800) 257-3711
Antique hardware reproductions and restoration, 18th century - Victorian periods.

Hardware from Classic Accen<br>tsClassic Accents, Inc.
P.O. Box 1181
Southgate, MI 48195
(800) 245-7742
Pushbutton light switches and plates. They also sell silk cord picture hangers.

Reproduction antique doorknobHouse of Antique Hardware
A variety of detailed reproduction hardware (switch plates, knobs, sash locks, etc.) with hand-applied antique finishes. If there's a source for less expensive hardware, I haven't found it!


The Old Appliance Club
If you love vintage stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, toasters, mixers or for that matter, any classic household appliance, visit The Old Appliance Club - the #1 Clearinghouse in the World for all old appliance interests.

1950's Tappan StoveAntiqueAppliances.com
These folks sell antique appliances as well as doing full restorations. I purchased a stove on eBay, had it shipped to them in Georgia, and am now waiting for my restoration to be completed in 2 years!

 Bungalow Kitchens Bungalow Kitchens
Jane Powell & Linda Svendsen

The ultimate guidebook to preserving the beauty and integrity of the past while adapting it to the utilitarian values of the present, this book is written for use. If you are planning a kitchen renovation in an old house, this book can save you time, money and much aggravation.

Pocket Doors

Pocket doorsDoor Hardware Direct
This company, Door Hardware Direct, a division of Designer Doors, Inc., started this new website, because of the resurgence in the popularity of pocket doors. They claim that every item on this website is in stock.

The Natural Handy Man
This website contains information on various points of home repair. I am sending you to this page because I get so many questions about pocket doors!


Historic Shed

Historic homes come replete with character and charm, but are often short on storage, both inside and out. Their custom designed outbuildings can help with a variety of storage issues while enhancing your property.