341 East Liberty Street, Building #2, PA 17602
A passion for restoration, authentic documentation, and superb attention to detail come together in Historic Restorations, a family-owned company that specializes in 18th- and 19th-century building restoration.
Call it family teamwork! Charles (Chuck) Groshong, his wife Lois, daughter Danielle Groshong-Keperling, and son-in-law Jonathan Keperling all play important roles at this preservation-minded company whose client list ranges from private homeowners to the National Park Service.
Typical projects take a whole-house approach. For example, a recent interior restoration of a 1700s Pennsylvania German stone house began with plaster, progressed to woodwork, and finished with authentically researched period paint colors. The complete restoration of a 1725 house in New Jersey corrected alterations from insensitive remodels and returned the house to pristine period condition.
Recently Historic Restorations completed work on the Thaddeus Kosciusko house, a four-story brick row house in Philadelphia and—at .2 acres—the nation’s smallest National Park. The scope entailed exterior woodwork repairs to window frames and sash, doors, and shutters, plus exterior painting, masonry repairs, and the replacement of a hand-split cedar-shake roof.
Chuck and Jonathan are both members of the Preservation Trades Network. They direct and complete most of the hands-on millwork in the company’s custom cabinet shop. Lois and Danielle run the office and work closely with clients. Both women play important roles in local and regional preservation groups.
Historic Restoration regularly offers training workshops and classes on topics ranging from wood rot repair to historic painting techniques. Together with her father, Danielle is the co-author of Preservation Primer, Volume 1: Avoid Common Mistakes that Cause Irreversible & Costly Damage to Your Historical Building’s Architectural Integrity.
An enclosed rear porch on the Peterson House, where President Abraham Lincoln died in 1865, was rebuilt using as much original wood as possible—all while meeting standards to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A detail of a pedimented entry at the Kosciusko house.
Meet the principals and explore their work at the upcoming Historic Home Show at the Valley Forge Casino Resort Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania,
Feb. 28–March 2, 2014.