Located in Lancaster, PA, in the El Capitan building (circa 1920) on East Liberty Street, Historic Restorations is a historic preservation and restoration company specializing in the restoration of 18th and 19th century buildings. We offer a whole house approach to restoration with a custom millwork and cabinet shop. We are Nationally acclaimed preservation contractor trusted by homeowners, general contractors, and the National Park Service to repair, protect, and preserve our nation’s historic architecture. We can provide everything to accurately restore a building. We also offer hands on classes in wood working and building preservation to help keep the traditional trades alive.
We believe that restoration of our vintage homes is a necessity if we are to thrive as a nation and that the past is our legacy to the future.
Using a holistic approach when approaching work on your older building helps to ensure that the repairs, reconstructions, or maintenance activities we perform are a long-term solution rather than a temporary fix. Our understanding of how the various building systems interact helps us to ensure that the project we complete is not simply a band-aid solution but rather that the sequence of repairs we suggest ensures that the work that is completed is protected from future damage from the underlying problem.
The architectural design and essence of the home when it was built should not be, and does not need to be, compromised to enjoy modern materials and conveniences. Our complimentary approach using traditional building methods together with modern materials and current problem solving methods (when appropriate) are the best of what our built heritage and modern progress has to offer.
An exchange of ideas between all parties in a project is the fertile ground needed to nurture the best solutions. Whether you choose to work with your own architect for the design of your project or use our own Design/Build system, we have the ability to carry out your vision for your space. And we believe that the flow of ideas between everyone in your project is what will produce the best end result.
341 East Liberty Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Is it okay to install vinyl siding onto my historic home?
Installing any kind of siding, and you know, there’re different variations is damaging to the home not just in the moisture getting trapped behind the siding; oftentimes the installers will come out and if there’s decorative like brackets on your corners or ears in your windowsills, they’ll just cut all that off and they’ll take the moldings of the porches because they want straight 90 degree edges to work to. And so putting a synthetic siding on your port, or on your building not only damages, because you can trap moisture back behind and cause you know, deterioration that you can’t see, it’s also there’s damage done in the installation process.