Old House & Barn Expo

Presented by the NH Preservation Alliance

Historic Home Owners, Traditional Arts Enthusiasts Gathered At Expo

Our biennial exposition in March, 2016, helped old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with appropriate and affordable restoration and preservation solutions.  Our next Expo will be in 2018.  Attendees created show “itineraries” and explored garden, architecture, history and preservation strategies through hourly lectures, and visit with over 60 exhibitors and traditional arts demonstrators. Children -- and adults -- enjoyed an Expo scavenger hunt as well as opportunities to try building crafts. 

“The event was helpful to homeowners whose houses date from 1750 to 1950, those who want to add old traditions to their new house, and people who just love old building crafts and traditions,” said Beverly Thomas, program director at the Preservation Alliance.  Lecture and demonstration topics included an exploration of architectural features of old homes, solutions to common barn repair problems, energy efficiency measures, tips for healthy homes, paint color and garden information, insurance, real estate and financial options, stone wall building and timberframing. 

Our last Expo was in March, 2016.  Look for the next one in 2018 at The Center of NH, Radisson Hotel, Manchester.

2016 Attendees learned a lot and had fun!

Lisa Curry Mair (pictured here at right) was one of over 30 accomplished speakers at the Expo. Her talk, My Cousin Rufus, explores the murals of 19th century master Rufus Porter.   Photo: Steve Booth

Event Sponsors and Exhibitors

In addition to window repair demonstrations, attendees will enjoy watching rug hooking, stone wall building, timber framing and much more at the Expo. Photo: Steve Booth

We thank our Old House & Barn Expo sponsors and exhibitors, a diverse group of experts and suppliers.

Specialty products were available for viewing and purchase from A Merrie Sweepe Chimney Services, Artistic Tile, Erie Landmark, Ink Drawings by Gene Matris, Iron Horse Roofing, MB Historic Décor, Ould Colony Artisans, Standfast Forge, and Ward Clapboard Mill.

Experienced preservation contractors, designers and millwork specialists at the show included Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation, Bedard Preservation & Restoration, First Period Colonial, Vintage Kitchens, Ahlgren and Son Builders, J.R. Graton Historic Restoration, Historic House, Inc. Fifield Building Restoration and Relocation, Preservation Timber Framing and Paul Brien, General Contractor.  Window-related exhibitors include the Window Preservation Alliance, Decatur Company, Historic Sash Works, LLC and Window Master, Inc.

Architectural and old house booksellers Steve Schuyler and Summer Beam Books were on hand as well as energy efficiency-related participants like ReVision Energy, RST and Innerglass Window Systems; hazard materials experts from N.H. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; and real estate specialists such as Historic and Distinctive Properties.

The happy winner of the timber frame last Expo is shown here with members of the Timber Framers Guild.

The happy winner of the timber frame last Expo is shown here with members of the Timber Framers Guild.

Attendees  enjoyed demonstrations of timberframing, stone wall building, window repair and other traditional crafts. The N.H. Preservation Alliance, Historic New England, Sanborn Mills Farm and the N.H. Farm Museum are some of many non-profit organizations that will provide helpful resources.

Additional Expo participants included Bartlett Tree Experts, Rumford Stone, Arnold M. Graton Associates, Granite State Daylighting, Irving Home Builders, Bingham Lumber, P.C. Products Co. and Woods & Co. Civil Engineering.

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Raffles and more fun!

Three people were lucky raffle winners! One raffle was for a hand-crafted custom vanity made and donated by DJA Design owner Decran J. Abromowich to benefit the Preservation Alliance.  Lisa Curry Mair Canvasworks has also donated a 3' by 4' mural that was  a raffle item.

Abromowich has been involved with traditional design his entire career and has been in business in New Hampshire for over a dozen years.  He draws from features of varied historic styles to create cabinetry that he hopes people see as “timeless.” 

The other raffle was for the timber frame shed constructed during the Expo. The structure is approximately 8’ x 12’ and past winners have created spaces for utility (think tool storage or sap house) and escape (think hot tub!).  

Old House and Barn Expo Sponsors

Media Sponsors

  • Antique Homes Mag
  • Louis Karno & Company
  • NH Home
  • NH Public Television

Additional Sponsors

  • Ahlgren and Son
  • Arnold M. Graton Assoc
  • ReVision Energy
  • Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC
  • Innerglass Window Systems
  • Preservation Timber Framing
  • Swenson Granite Works
  • Rumford Stone

Organization Sponsors

  • AIA-NH
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • NH Division of Historical Resources
  • NH Historical Society
  • Manchester Historic Association
  • NH State Grange
  • Historic New England
  • Timber Framers Guild
  • UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Preservation Education Institute
  • Plan NH