Joseph G. Brin, Architect & Writer

Preservation Madness: The addictive nature of home restoration

In Historic Preservation on April 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

story by Joseph G. Brin | photo by Albert Yee

This article is part of a special (Grid Magazine, Feb. 2013) editorial partnership with Hidden City Daily on preservation in Philadelphia.

It could have been a scene from the film The Money Pit. Christine and Anthony Shippam, owners of an 1894 Georgian Revival in Mount Airy’s Pelham neighborhood, were lying in bed, rain dripping down on them. “Honey, did I tell you how much I hate this house?” asked Christine.

“Did I tell you how much I hate this house?” replied her husband Anthony.

“We don’t take vacations. We don’t do anything else,” says Christine Shippam, five years into the project restoring what was one of the dozens of suburban dream houses designed by architect Mantle Fielding. “It’s become an addiction,” she says…

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