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Wed, Jul 17


Bayside Historical Society

Author Talk with Lee McColgan: A House Restored

BHS welcomes architectural conservator and author Lee McColgan to The Castle for a presentation about his new book, "A House Restored: The Tragedies and Triumphs of Saving a New England Colonial."

Author Talk with Lee McColgan: A House Restored
Author Talk with Lee McColgan: A House Restored

Time & Location

Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave, Queens, NY 11359, USA

About The Event

Part of Bayside Historical Society's Author Talk at the Castle Series

Cost: $10.00 for BHS members; $15.00 for non-members

Old houses share their secrets only if they survive. Trading the corporate ladder for a stepladder, Lee McColgan  commits to preserving the ramshackle Loring House, built in 1702, using  period materials and methods and on a holiday deadline. But his  enchantment withers as he discovers the massive repairs it needs. A  small kitchen fix reveals that the structure’s rotten frame could  collapse at any moment. In a bathroom, mold appears and spreads. He  fights deteriorating bricks, frozen pipes, shattered windows, a  punctured foundation, and even an airborne chimney cap while learning  from a diverse cast of preservationists, including a master mason named  Irons, a stone whisperer, and the Window Witch. But can he meet his  deadline before family and friends arrive, or will it all come crashing  down? McColgan's journey expertly examines our relationship to history  through the homes we inhabit, beautifully articulating the philosophy of  preserving the past to find purpose for the future.

Autographed copies of A House Restored will be on sale following the presentation.

About the author: Lee McColgan has worked on Boston's Old North Church, Louisa May  Alcott’s Orchard House, and other buildings. His work has appeared in  Architectural Digest, Boston Globe, and Wall Street Journal. He lives  with his wife in the Loring House in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

Purchase tickets below or call 718-352-1548.

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  • General admission, BHS member

    Author Talk with Lee McColgan: "A House Restored"

  • General admission, non-member

    Author Talk with Lee McColgan: "A House Restored"




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