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A House Restored by Lee McColgan
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Apr 09, 2024 | ISBN 9780593947050 | 325 Minutes

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Lee McColgan is a gifted storyteller whose tale of restoring his 300-plus-year-old Massachusetts house is not only fascinating but also heartwarming. Following him and a quirky yet endearing cast of characters as he transforms a dilapidated Colonial into a welcoming home is a journey well worth taking. They deserve our gratitude for keeping our collective history alive and vibrant.—ERIC JAY DOLIN, award-winning and best-selling author of Rebels at Sea and A Furious Sky

Full of warmth, charm, and beauty, this book invites you in and makes you glad you came. In his tale of arestoration project, Lee McColgan restores our sense of what makes a house a home. Really terrific, very nicely written.—JONATHAN EIG, New York Times best-selling author of King: A Life and Ali: A Life

This meticulous chronicle describes a series of discoveries: of materials, techniques, and principles common in the time of the Salem Witch Trials but now confined largely to the hands of specialists. It’s also a story of innocence lost. As he confronts the cracks, rot, dissolutions, and disconnections of a very old building, McColgan comes to question his motivation. ‘Why restore anything?’ he eventually asks. Still, with admirable persistence, he gets his happy ending, and we get an intense primer in the joys and horrors of historic restoration.—KEVIN GARDNER, award-winning author of The Granite Kiss and Stone Building

To many, preserving the past seems like a tragic endeavor, but to Lee McColgan, it’s anything but. The journey of his old house is a joyous trip well told with warmth, reverence, and curiosity that will delight. He tells its story with the same craft and care that he uses to form his plaster and hew his timber. His prose is as sharp as his steel. Any lover of old homes and craftsmanship will thoroughly enjoy this tale.—KEVIN O’CONNOR, Emmy Award–winning host of This Old House

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