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Preservation websites

Here are some useful websites to research topics on taking care of your old home or commercial building.

Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana This is Indiana’s primary preservation organization. Check out the "How We Can Help" page which outlines the technical assistance, library access and other services available to property owners through this organization.

Old House Toolkit. From Architecture.About.com. An online starting point to exploring house restoration resources. Articles include: How to survive restoration, how to pick historic house colors, how to solve exterior paint problems on exterior woodwork and how to purchase architectural salvage.

Vinyl siding: What you need to know: From Architecture.About.com. An outline of the positive and negative aspects of vinyl siding from health issues to durability and maintenance issues. Craven writes that vinyl is today’s the most popular siding material “But wait! What the ads don’t tell you can cost you dearly.”

Old House Restoration. This website gives new old homeowners an overview of the decisions and process of conducting a restoration. The series of essays range from restoration timeline to why not to worry about minor plaster cracking.

Old House Journal. Features nearly 100 articles from the magazine Old House Journal along with a reputable restoration services and products directory. This is another location to find Preservation Briefs from the National Parks Service. The print magazine is available at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library.

Old House Web. A website for enthusiasts of historic structures, it features an extensive directory of suppliers and how-to advice for exterior and interior design. It also features articles on historic structures and interior, exterior and garden design.

This Old House. This is the companion website to the This Old House PBS television program and magazine. Features “Homeowner Know-How” articles and a large library of video clips from the television program.

John Leeke’s Historic HomeWorks. Preservation consultant John Leeke shares his expertise on home restoration. Forums, seminars, library, reports.

Indiana Historic Architecture. This site is devoted to the appreciation, restoration and preservation of great Indiana landmarks. The Indiana Historic Architecture Home Page spotlights historic architecture and neighborhoods throughout all of Indiana. Here you will find an extensive photo gallery—over 500 photos—of historic architecture, with more being added all the time.

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