Whether you live in the Mid-Atlantic or the middle of California, many of us live near old homes. If you're lucky enough to own one, you may want to know the house style, how to remove asbestos, how to make it greener, etc. We recommend HomeRx, a useful feature of Preservation magazine, in which you ask and the editors answer.
Our favorite Q & A is the one about how to determine the official architectural style of your house. HomeRx recommends two books for that purpose: A Field Guide to American Houses. by Virginia and Lee McAlester, and The Abrams Guide to American House Styles by William Morgan and Radek Kurzaj. We own them both and highly recommend them &mdash both for your own home, and to learn about other house styles in your neighborhood, or in your city.
For answers to past questions and to ask your own questions, go to Preservation's Web site.
Preservation is the magazine for The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which works to save America's historic resources. (Full disclosure is that I also write for Preservation, but I love the spirit of this feature.)
(Image: Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Old Town Virginia)