Get Questions Answered About Your Home’s Origins

NORRISTOWN PA – If you own an older property and always wanted to learn more about its origins and architecture, then a two-hour workshop called “Reading Your House; Researching Your Home” – offered Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2022) from 6-8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb Pike – may be of help.

Workshop instructor and society Executive Director Barry Rauhauser said he will “introduce fundamental tools needed to start seeing your house in a new light.” He’ll cover research resources intended to help anyone discover a little more about their home: When was it built? What did it look like originally? If it has changed, why? What can I do to preserve it? Who built it and who lived in it?

It includes coverage of formal and vernacular architecture, regional differences in house types built before 1850, basic styles and construction techniques from 1700 to 1920, how to measure and draw a house, and how to look around at the landscape of houses in Montgomery County, and local and regional resources concerning historic architecture restoration and preservation.

Workshop seating is limited, and reservations are required. It costs $20 for society members, and $30 for non-members. To make a reservation, call the society at 610-272-0297 or send an e-mail to

Illustration provided by the Historical Society of Montgomery County