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Marine Home Center Color Chart

A few weeks ago, I decided to find out how Nantucket’s Historic Commission had created their twelve commandments of exterior paint colors. My mission first...
ibook cover The House That Ebay Built

Three years ago I wrote a book about furnishing my Nantucket house on eBay. That’s right. I’d bought an antique house on Pine Street and decided that the best...
Marine Home Center's Charles (Chick) Tennant showing a customer how to fix a storm frame.

Marine Home Center’s island location is what General Manager Ron Foster euphemistically called “operationally challenging.“ On a good day loading up the store’...
Marine Home Center

It’s Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the Marine Home Center will be closed for the next two days. Everyone who came up to open their houses for the summer...
Nantucket Unitarian Universalist Meeting House

David Barham at the Unitarian Meeting House

This Saturday, May 24, at 4pm, David Barham, architect, will engage lucky listeners with an illustrated account of the five-year journey of discovery that was...
My shed with its porthole

If my house were anywhere else than Nantucket, it probably wouldn’t have struck me that my shed door needed a porthole. For any practical purpose, it didn’t....
An 18th century house under renovation

New home starts down/ renovations and additions up: Assessing the damage

Two weeks ago I had a conversation with one of Nantucket’s general contractors that went the way those conversations go. We were discussing the front exterior...
Doors discarded in renovation of 2 Cliff Road.

In my Wise Old House column, I have spent the summer blissfully ignoring the crisis of historical preservation on Nantucket. I’ve rationalized this...
 Bill Tramposch's shed (photos taken by Lauri Robertson)

As Director of the Nantucket Historical Association, Bill Tramposch spends most of his working hours with people, which is why, when day is done, he needs a...
Moore loft at Sans Souci Siasconset, MA

by Sherry Lefevre

In vacation houses bedrooms are for sleeping or reading in bed (or whatever else you do in bed) but that’s about it. No one’s going to hang out in a bedroom...

by Sherry Lefevre

Before the motor vehicle inspection station occupied its new digs on the Polpis Road it was hidden mid-island, up, over and behind the third building on the...
Old growth wood in San Souci, Siasconset, MA

Part I

In Shimmo, where my parents had a house for thirty years, only one of our neighbors was smart enough to grab and drag a waterfront house before the wreckers...

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