The Genealogy of Home

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Old houses, with their layers of paint and other people’s fingerprints, are a reminder of everything and everyone that came before. Like a door frame with pencil markings charting the growth of a child, an old house is a silent witness to change.
It takes a particular blend of vision and respect to negotiate the fine line between preserving what makes the house special and needlessly living in the past. Two authors who have written about their families’ old houses join us to discuss the particular sense and sensibility of that place we call home.


George Howe Colt, author of “The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home”

Sarah Messer, author of “Red House: Being A Mostly Accurate Account of New England’s Oldest Continuously Lived-In House.”