& Restoring Your Historical House
Historical Photographs of Your House
Westminster Public Library has a large Historical Photograph collection
in the Reference Department, including many photos of New Westminster
houses. Check the index by street address or by name of owner (e.g.
Houses - English, Marshall), and you may find your home or others
in your neighbourhood. In addition to shots of the exteriors of houses,
the Library also has some photos of interiors, showing the period
furnishings and décor. You can also check our online Historic Photo
Database by going to: http://www.nwheritage.org/heritagesite/photos/index.htm
photos of New Westminster houses can be found in by looking at:
Inventory of Historic Buildings - New Westminster - 1974
in 1974, the microfiche shows in negative, historic buildings of
New Westminster, including details.
Westminster Heritage Resource Inventory
both photos and information, the heritage resource inventory was
created through the 1980's and early 1990's (includes newer photos
two sources are both located in the Reference Department. Another
possible source is:
Sc84o / Also Ref & Special Collections
Scott, Jack David
Once in the Royal City: the heritage of New Westminster
Whitecap Books, 1985
great source of information for buildings, architects and craftsmen
of the mid-19th through to the 20th century. It contains photographs
and historical information on many houses in New Westminster.
in the Library
There are plenty of general books available to get you started. These
include everything from whether or not to purchase an older house,
things to look for, care and renovation, resources and more. Those
listed below are just a few that are comprehensive in their scope,
generally providing information on most aspects of renovation and
restoration. All of the books listed below are available to be checked
out. In some cases, Reference or Special Collections copies are also
available to be used in the Library.
Book of Home Restoration: traditional skills and techniques to
restore and improve your home
Ebury Press, 1985
practical do-it-yourself book, showing you step-by-step how to restore
and repair your house using traditional techniques and materials
to ensure high quality and long-lasting results. It includes everything
from roofing to flooring and wallcovering to glasswork.
Your Old House: give new life to your older home
basic guide showing the most common problems and concerns in maintaining
and improving old houses. While much of what is covered will apply
to any home, it also includes subjects of particular interest to
many historic home owners, such as restoring wood floors, repairing
a balustrade, replacing sash cords, fixing porcelain doorknobs,
repairing plaster moulding and more.
Renovating and Restyling Vintage Homes: the professional's guide
to maximum value remodeling
Craftsman Book Company, 1996
interiors, exteriors, garages, gardens etc., this book discusses
maximum value remodeling - knowing what to restore and what to replace,
which features to show off and which are forgettable. Whether your
house is Victorian or Craftsman style, learn how to do the best
job for the best price.
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Restoring Canadian Homes: a sourcebook of supplies and services
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1986
there is unfortunately no updated edition of this sourcebook, it
remains a helpful resource, as much of the information is still
current. In addition to providing company listings for both supplies
and services, it also has useful information on a variety of subjects,
from buying a house through to renovation, decoration and landscaping.
Kitchen, Judith L.
Caring for Your Old House: a guide for owners and residents
Preservation Press, 1991
handbook that offers comprehensive advice on repairing and maintaining
an old residence and how to avoid the pitfalls of too many changes
too soon. While it is an American publication, the majority of the
advice and information is still applicable and useful in Canada.
The Old House
Time-Life book, which has a wonderful chapter entitled "Preserving
Old Glories", and includes everything from resetting iron rail posts,
cleaning stained marble and patching it, replacing cracked glass,
recreating plaster moulding by first creating a cast, to fixing
OL1y / Also in Reference
The Old-House Journal Yearbooks
Old-House Journal Corporation, 1988
more great information, these yearbooks, spanning 1980 - 1988, are
one-volume compilations of the editorial pages printed in the Old-House
Journal each year. They contain such topics as practical techniques,
do-it-yourself renovation methods, decorating ideas and practices,
and questions and answers. In addition to the vast amount of useful
information they provide, the yearbooks are also an entertaining
read. The index for this journal can be found at the Inquiry Desk.
Rusk, Katherine Knight
Renovating the Victorian House
101 Productions, 1982
excellent overall guide, with lots of practical information for
those who are thinking of buying an historic house. While it does
have a section on the decorative aspects, the majority of the book
is taken up with the restoration of the exterior structure (brick,
roofs, stairs), the mechanicals (plumbing, electricity, heating),
and the interior structure (walls, plastering, windows, floors).
Seventh Old House Catalogue
A-Z sourcebook for restoration and remodelling - both a how-to-do-it
and where-to-get-it guide. Covers everything from bathtubs, chimney
pots, doorbells, fabrics, mirrors, screen doors and more.
Labine, Clem, ed., and Caroline Flaherty
The Original Old-House Journal Compendium
Overlook Press, 1980
compendium of material reprinted from the Old House Journal (1973-77),
organised by subject into chapters such as: "Buying your old house",
"Architectural and Decorative Styles", "Kitchens and Bathrooms",
"Wiring, Plumbing and Plastering".
Respectful Rehabilitation: answers to your questions about old
Preservation Press, 1982
and answers on a variety of subjects of interest to those restoring
homes. It includes interior and exterior questions, structural problems
and also decorative information.
Reed, J. Ronald, and Stephanie Culp
Craftsmanship Revival in Interior Design: how today's artisans
preserve yesterday's skills
by medium (metal, paint, stone & marble, tile, brick, wood, plaster,
glass), this book gives a brief history of the craft and then describes
the processes and techniques. While more of a reference than a "how-to"
book, each chapter also has a section of restoration guidelines
for that particular craft.
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Maitland, Leslie, Jacqueline Hucker, and Shannon Ricketts
Guide to Canadian Architectural Styles
styles in Canada, including civic and public buildings as well as
Sinclair, Peg B.
Victorious Victorians: a guide to the major architectural styles
Henry Holt, 1985
guidebook listing information and features of all the major styles
of Victorian architecture: Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire,
Octagon, Exotic Revival, Stick, Queen Anne and Shingle.
Edwardian House Style: an architectural and interior design
David & Charles, 1994
features, fixtures and fittings of an Edwardian home are all examined
- from doors and windows to soft furnishings and decorations. An
invaluable source for anyone wanting to restore original Edwardian
features and recreate the style and atmosphere of the period.
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British Columbia Houses: guide to the styles of domestic architecture
in British Columbia
basic guide to heritage house styles in BC, with a dating formula
using architectural features.
Victorian House Style: an architectural and interior design
David & Charles, 1991
comprehensive overview of Victorian design, focussing both on major
architectural features and on the smaller details of interior decoration.
It includes reproductions of nineteenth century architectural designs
and catalogue excerpts, providing a pictorial social history as
well as a useful guide for those restoring and enjoying a Victorian
The Abrams Guide to American House Styles
- This compact, easily accessible guide,
the only book of its kind with all color photography, makes the identification of house styles a breeze.
Each style is described by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated architectural historian, in a short historical summary,
alongside a list of its distinguishing features.
American Bungalow Style
Simon & Schuster, 1996
the beauty and charm of the bungalow - the first houses in which
good architecture was found outside the world of the wealthy - this
book examines the history, architects, designs and styles of the
Arts and Crafts Home
photographs of contemporary and historic Arts and Crafts homes,
illustrate the style and the changes in attitude which inspired
Turgeon, Kitty and Robert Rust
Arts and Crafts Home
those with an Arts & Crafts home, this book provides not only design
and decorative ideas (interiors, furniture, lighting, pottery, tiles,
glass and artwork) but also a chronology of the arts and crafts
movement and a chapter on its history and philosophy.
Old House Woodwork Restoration: how to restore doors, windows,
walls, stairs, and decorative trim to their original beauty
Prentice Hall, 1983
practical do-it-yourself guidebook, providing clear, step-by-step
instructions on every aspect of woodwork restoration, from stripping
old finish to repair work, through maintenance of wood and trim
once it has been restored.
Masonry: how to care for old and historic brick and stone
Preservation Press, 1988
anyone dealing with brick or stone restoration, this book is a must.
A how-to-guide dealing with everything from preserving a building's
character, identifying kinds of brick and stone, to cleaning, repointing
and repairing deteriorating surfaces etc.
Miller, Judith and Martin Miller
Period Finishes and Effects: a step-by-step guide to decorating
fully illustrated practical guide to achieve the surface finishes
and effects that complement period homes and furniture - everything
from limewashing, stencilling, to woodgraining, marbling and stone
effects, and trompe l'oeil.
Homes and Interiors of the 1920's: a restoration design guide
Lee Valley, 1987
reprint of Building with Assurance, the 1923 catalogue of Morgan
Woodwork Organization, this book encompasses house plans, architectural
elements and social advice, providing invaluable information on
both the houses of the 1920's and the era itself.
Victorian Design Book: a complete guide to Victorian house trim
Lee Valley, 1984
combined reprint of two books (Universal Design Book, 1904 and Illustrated
Official Moulding Book, 1897), this book is the complete guide to
the styles and shapes of both exterior and interior Victorian trim
- everything from gingerbread trim, gable ornaments, and brackets
to wainscoting, mouldings, staircases, windows and more.
Fireplaces for a Beautiful Home
book examines the multitude of fireplace styles and designs through
the ages, and gives practical advice on technological and safety
issues, restoration and maintenance, plus considerations of style,
dimensions, colour and materials when determining the most suitable
fireplace for your home.
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Moss, Roger W.
Victorian Exterior Decoration: how to paint your nineteenth
century American house historically
Henry Holt, 1987
illustrated, this book takes the guesswork out of creating an appropriate
colour scheme for your old house.
Pomada, Elizabeth and Michael Larsen
America's Painted Ladies: the ultimate celebration of our Victorians
dazzling collection of Victorian houses across the USA, painted
and restored to their former glory. Showing both exteriors and interiors,
this is the last in a series by the authors, showcasing the elaborate
painting and exterior decoration of many magnificent Victorian homes.
Pomada, Elizabeth and Michael Larsen
How to Create Your Own Painted Lady: a comprehensive guide to
beautifying your Victorian home
out how to paint your Victorian house - techniques, colour schemes
& Interior Decoration:
look at specific period details: doors, floors, ceilings, fireplaces,
windows, walls, lighting, stairs as well as kitchens and bathrooms.
Gilliatt, Mary and Elizabeth Wilhide
Period Decorating: a practical guide to architectural details,
fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings
Conran Octopus, 1990
a succinct introduction to the great stylistic movements (from the
18th century through to art deco), each chapter contains an historical
outline followed by guidance on how to choose the correct architectural
details, paint colours, decorative finishes, fabrics and furniture.
American Victorian: a style and source book
Harper & Row, 1984
book provides a great deal of historical information on everything
from elements of style, through to specifics like bathroom hardware,
types of lighting, borders and friezes, wallcoverings and fabrics.
Leopold, Allison Kyle
Victorian Splendor: recreating America's 19th Century interiors
Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1986
nostalgia and domesticity of Victorian rooms is described, analysed
and illustrated, with inspiring modern examples.
Livingston, Kathryn E.
Victorian Interiors: room by room
Rockport, 1999 v
by room, this book provides inspiration for those wanting to decorate
in the Victorian style, while retaining the comforts of the modern
Miller, Judith and Martin Miller
Mitchell Beazley, 1989
comprehensive visual sourcebook, looking at every aspect of visual
design, starting with the medieval period and working through to
Art Deco. While providing historical information, the focus of the
book is to show how period styles can be adapted to different settings
and the past and present blended.
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Winkler, Gail Caskey
Victorian Interior Decoration: American interiors 1830-1900
Henry Holt, 1986
and sketches of period rooms are combined with discussion of details
and colour schemes.
Victorian House Book
beautiful book that combines historical information with design
ideas and advice on how to decorate, renovate and maintain a Victorian
home. In addition to the interiors, exterior features are considered,
as are the gardens.
Judith Miller's Guide to Period-style Curtains & Soft Furnishings
Overlook Press, 1996
do-it-yourself sewing guide for creating blinds, pelmets, swags
& tails, plus how to create a half-tester, dress a four-poster bed
and more. It also includes historical information on all types of
fabrics, linens and soft furnishings.
Period Kitchens: a practical guide to period-style decorating
Mitchell Beazley, 1995
anyone wanting a period-style kitchen this book is a great place
to start. It includes both country and urban style kitchens and
addresses everything from storage, work surfaces, tiles, floors,
to stoves and appliances. It also deals with planning and lighting,
plus safety and ventilation.
Gibbs Smith, 2000
how to turn back the clock; include modern conveniences such as
lighting, and enjoy the results which suit the rest of the house.
Moss, Roger W. Lighting for Historic Buildings: a guide to selecting
Preservation Press, 1988
both a history of lighting (everything from candles to whale-oil
to electricity) and a catalogue of suitable reproductions available
today, this book demonstrates how to create a realistic period look
when selecting light sources for historic homes.
other books in the New Westminster Public Library Online Catalogue
listed above are only a small selection of those available in the
Library. While most are available to be borrowed, some resources are
available only in the Reference Department. To find other books, try
looking in the online catalogue under some of these subjects:
- Conservation and restoration
and ornament, architectural
and ornament - Victorian style
buildings - British Columbia v
buildings - Conservation and restoration
buildings - Maintenance and repair
can't find what you're looking for or need more assistance, ask a
has two magazines that are also useful sources for information on
restoring both exteriors and interiors of historic homes.
those looking for information on interiors, design, furnishings
and more, this magazine, which may be borrowed, is a great read.
reference use only, this journal has articles on a variety of subjects
of interest to owners and restorers of old houses. Also available
on the Internet at: www.oldhousejournal.com
sites of Interest:
can also provide a great deal of useful information - helpful hints
provided by other home-owners, sources of supplies, decorative ideas,
heritage associations and more. Here are a few which seemed most helpful:
Society of British Columbia: a great site! It has information
on just about everything: funding, legislation, policy, common heritage
questions, terms and definitions, resources for heritage homeowners
(old home inspections, hiring a contractor or architect, historic
house colours) and much more.
Architecture: guide to Historic Houses with emphasis on Late-Victorian
and Craftsman Style Bungalows
of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program: part of the City
of Vancouver Website. Includes case studies, fact sheets, walking
tours of four different neighbourhoods, and the Heritage Register.
of Old Houses: restoring, renovating, remodelling or maintaining an old house, heritage building
or traditional piece of architecture? Look here for information, advice & assistance as well as all the bits'n'pieces you
need: castings, decorative glass, fireplaces, fabrics, hardware, joinery, lighting, plumbing, plaster, tiles as well as
colour schemes, decoration, bathrooms & kitchens - absolutely everything for old houses! Includes
specific sites of interest to Canadians.