Additional Resources for Homeowners

Additional Resources for Homeowners

The following links are useful when doing any at-home masonry restoration projects. They include broader technical overviews regarding architectural restoration as well as more specific information oriented towards homeowners.

“We’re here to help you maintain, preserve and adapt your vintage home! While your bungalow or vintage home has endured the test of time, you may be looking to repair elements that haven’t held up or renovate areas that don’t suit your modern lifestyle. We are a non-profit delegate agency of the City of Chicago here to help our members: remedy common problems affecting vintage homes, practically preserve your largest investment before damage occurs, redesign your home to fit your style while maintaining its historic charm, save money and extend the life of your home by making it energy efficient.”

“The Scottish Lime Centre Trust promotes the knowledge and traditional skills required for the conservation, repair and maintenance of the historic built environment. We work nationally and internationally to provide advice, guidance and traditional skills training for anyone dealing with a historic structure, be it an A-listed castle or a garden wall.”

“Preservation Briefs provide information on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.”

“The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are common sense historic preservation principles in non-technical language. They promote historic preservation best practices that will help to protect our nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources.



The Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction—with accompanying Guidelines for each. One set of standards will apply to a property undergoing treatment, depending upon the property’s significance, existing physical condition, the extent of documentation available and interpretive goals, when applicable.



The Standards are a series of concepts about maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials, as well as designing new additions or making alterations. The Guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property. Together, they provide a framework and guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property.”

“The Friends of Terra Cotta, Inc., a national, non-profit organization, was founded to promote education and research in the preservation of architectural terra cotta and related ceramic materials. The organization seeks to educate the general public and construction industry professionals about architectural terra cotta’s value and history as a building material.”

“Established in June 1992 by Elizabeth Coyle-Camp, Gordon Sorensen and Jonathan Taylor in response to the lack of information on products and services for the conservation of historic buildings, Cathedral Communications Limited launched the first edition of The Building Conservation Directory six months later to immediate acclaim.

The company has since grown from strength to strength and now offers a full range of publishing services for others in addition to providing its own in-house publications, both in print and on the internet. was launched in 1998 and now attracts over 3,800 visitors per day.”

“The Building Limes Forum exists to encourage expertise and understanding in the appropriate use of building limes and education in the standards of production, preparation, application and after-care.



The Building Limes Forum is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation with over 400 members in the UK and overseas, the majority being actively concerned with the repair of historic buildings or in the use of lime in new build.”

What is Natural Lime? at Saint Astier – “Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) has been produced in Saint Astier since 30 BC and produced on an industrial scale since 1851. This time-honored product is enjoying a modern comeback due to its performance and beauty. Not only is natural hydraulic lime an important material in historical preservation and restoration of many buildings worldwide, Saint Astier® Natural Hydraulic Lime is also the safest and most natural green building product in the construction industry today.”

“Renovation DIY and old-house restoration, traditional styles, period kitchens, historical decorating, period gardens, from colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern: all from Old-House Journal magazine and special-interest titles Old-House Interiors, New Old House, and Early Homes.”

“The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals.”