The parlor of the 1782 McCook museum was demolished by a stray automobile.
William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC are master carpenters and general contractors with an enduring commitment to historic preservation. For over thirty years, we have helped restore museums, period homes and other historic structures throughout southern New England. By combining intimate knowledge of our regional historic architecture with traditional carpentry skills and the most current architectural conservation technology, we can insure our clients successfully achieve their building restoration goals.
Interior view of the Butler-McCook parlor after car crash.
Preservation of the original historic fabric can be the most cost effective way to preserve its eloquent beauty or to appropriately make changes to an existing structure. Owners, general contractors and architects make use of our services to insure that irreplaceable historic woodwork is not needlessly destroyed. These services include the conservation of timber frame structures, wood window restoration and general repair of historic millwork, interior and exterior. In house production of architectural millwork affords us the complete control we need to assure a historic level of quality and finish. Historic moldings were often hand planed and machine finished work will usually stand out when placed in the field, even to a casual observer.
Wm. Gould, Architectural Preservation, LLC restored the damaged Butler-McCook museum interior to its original condition.
The skilled artisans of William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC have been instrumental in the successful preservation and restoration of municipal, educational, religious, domestic, and agricultural structures as well as museums. We strive to produce additions, renovations or repairs that will disappear into the existing work. Over the years, we have also developed techniques for incorporating modern systems into historic structures in a way that preserves their historic integrity. We can accurately recreate and reproduce architectural forms in wood, metal, masonry or any other historic material. Preserving the character of a unique historic structure requires patience and long experience. The look and feel of historic work is often influenced by the liberties it takes with straight, level and plumb. These variations are the work of time and gravity and may not be consistent with the values of new building construction. Unless the contractor is willing and able to address all of the elements that contribute to the structure's story, part of its history will be lost in the trauma of reconstruction.
We are sure that Rev. John McCook would be very comfortable with the results.
William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC is happy to consult with you on your historic building project to help insure that the solution you select is most cost effective and truly meets your needs. We gladly answer all emails, but prefer that initial inquiries for serious projects be made by telephone to 860-974-3448.
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HISTORIC HOUSE OR BARN NEEDS RESCUE? A dedicated preservationist, William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC has long worked to save historic houses and barns endangered by change and development. Unfortunately, such structures are being condemned at a faster rate than we can find homes for them. Consequently, while we remain very interested to hear about your antique building, we must be selective so that we can continue to effectively advocate for the buildings that we have. Our online endangered house and barn form will help you to tell us what we need to know in order to advise you on the most effective course of action to save your important historic structure.