Old House Doctor

Saturday, August 6

10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Exhibit Openings & Events

Event location: The White-Ellery House, 245 Washington Street in Gloucester, MA

Offered in conjunction with Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects (on view at the Cape Ann Museum through October 9, 2016) and in collaboration with Historic New England.

Preservation experts at this drop-in event will answer questions about preventive maintenance, researching an old house, identifying a home's architectural style, creating historic gardens, and choosing paint colors that enhance historic houses. Visitors are invited to bring photos or images of their homes along with their questions to share with the "Old House Doctors." Pre-registration is not required. The White-Ellery House (1710), maintained and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, will be open to the public during this event.

A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email [email protected].

The White-Ellery House, dated by dendrochronology to 1710, will be open during this event.


Specialists and areas of expertise:

Maintenance – Pre-1850s Houses
Carissa Demore, Supervising Preservation Services Manager, Historic New England

Architectural Style – Post-1850s Houses
Joanna McKnight, Preservation Services Manager, Northern New England, Historic New England

Paint Color – Post-1850s Houses
Sally Zimmerman, Senior Manager of Historic Preservation Services, Historic New England

Historic Gardens
Gail Anderson, Historic Garden Consultant

First Period Houses on Cape Ann
Prudence Fish, Author of Antique Houses of Gloucester

How to Research Your Old Home
Stephanie Buck, Librarian/Archivist, Cape Ann Museum

Historic Preservation : The White-Ellery House
Bill Finch and Carol Rose, Finch & Rose Preservation Consultants


Learn More

Patricia Poore, editor in chief Old House Journal and Arts & Crafts Homes.  


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