Charles Edward Hooper, Reclaiming the Old House: Its Modern Problems and Their Solutions as Governed by the Methods of Its Builders, McBride, Mast, and Company, 1913

Review by Sarah E. Mitchell

Charles Edward Hooper discussed selecting a home for purchase; building additions; restoring the interior and exterior appropriately; furnishing the home; and adding gardens, outbuildings, and fences. He focused his attention on homes from the Colonial and early Federal period.

One thing that struck me in the section on oubuildings was the discussion of earth closets (a form of outhouse), spring houses (for keeping food coool), ice houses, and stables. It is interesting that things that now seem so "primitive" to many of us were still being built just a little over ninety years ago!

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