May 13, 2009
To help celebrate its 30th anniversary season, This Old House TV is giving back to the community where the show got its start in 1979: Boston, Massachusetts.
Working alongside affordable housing nonprofit Nuestra Comunidad, Norm Abram, Tom Silva, and the rest of the TOH TV crew will hammer out the complete renovation of a foreclosed 1870s Second Empire in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Once the job is done, the house's two units will be sold to two deserving area families.
The show begins airing on PBS in January 2010, but you can check on the crew's progress in real time RIGHT NOW through the webcams, which will be focused on the house 24/7. Today, the crew tore down a three story addition in the rear of the house—with an excavator and everything!
Read more at thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv and check in here from time to time for updates from the worksite!
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This sounds like a wonderful project for this special season of This Old House. Just don't celebrate 30 great years of TOH by hanging the same circa 1979 orange wallpaper I remember from the first house! Thank goodness some things have changed over the last three decades. Congratulations on the 30th Season of This Old House.
Hey, good deal on fixing up an old double house in Roxbury, might want to do a walk around the original TOH from 1979 to celebrate the 30th anniversary. But are you only doing one project this year because if it premires in Jan/'10, that means no road trip? Is it the economy?
Hey, congrats on 30 years! I watched the original episode with Bob Vila and Norm Abrams in '79' and haven't missed one episode since! Most first run and live but a number of video taped and DVR'd but at least 85%-90 first run. Wifey calls me obsessed but if that's all she has to worry about then she's in good shape - $100K in home improvements later and wifey is happy.
Hooray for you! During this hard time it is good to know that you are using your talent and prestige to such a good project. I was very concerned that you might do a high-end project this season which would have been very insensitive to so many who are struggling. I should have known better than to worry, you are really soooo okay!. Thanks for all the good you do.
wow! this is wonderful. the plans look so true to character. i live on the southcoast and parking availability is becoming a premium feature for many sellers in this area. i think a smart rear parking feature would cut down the cost of landscaping.
I see you did a house in Roxbury I watch your show all the time and didn't see that one. Where in Roxbury did you do this house you never give the street. I was raise in roxbury and please let me know
Saw the first show. REALLY disappointed the plaster came out. I HOPE someone had the foresight to remove those ceiling medallions for resue or at least take the time to pull molds off them for reproduction, Those details are irreplacable!
I sometimes feel like I'm watching Extreme Home Makeover not This Old House.
Wish you'd get back to "real" restoration not gut rehab.I think your loyal fans would like to see that too!
Some of us are out there trying to RESTORE old houses. There will be little 'old' left of that old house,
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