About Me

A New England resident for most of my life, I am an 'old house' architect. I have worked with over 1200 old houses and their owners over the past 40 years. I have received numerous historic preservation awards for my designs. I now live in Bennington, VT.  

My email is jegriswold@gmail.com.
My website is http://www.janegriswoldradocchia.com. 
You can ask a question  by adding a note under any post on this blog. I will see it and respond. 

I am particularly interested in the implications of technology on American residential construction from the Revolution to the 1850's, and the ways in which the early Industrial Revolution changed architectural design. My research includes the use of geometry and regulating lines in early design; the pattern books of Asher Benjamin, Owen Biddle, and Peter Nicholson; and the ways in which design norms changed with technology.
In 2014, I presented a session on geometry in construction from 1680 to 1850 for the Timber Framers Guild annual conference.  I also discussed the geometry of the Sandown, NH, Meeting House with the TFG bus tour.
In  2015 and 2016, I presented workshops on "Practical Geometry" - the name used by the pattern book authors - for the Preservation Trades Network Workshops. I also taught 'circle geometry' to students and adults based on the geometry used to design Bennington's Old First Church

My column on local vernacular architecture, Passing By, was published in the Bennington Banner. I now post the columns in my blog, passingbyjgr.blogspot.com.  I give presentations for local and regional groups.
I am a member of the Bennington Museum Publication Committee and a docent for the Open Church program of the Old First Church.

I developed a series of walking tours of North Bennington, based on the 1865 map of  North Bennington. Someday they will be available through Google Maps and the Bennington Historical Society.

Past research includes Original Green Design in the Park-McCullough Carriage House, and the use of local slate for roofs in the Bennington area.

I started writing about vernacular architecture in 1988, when I created a bi-weekly column called Sunday Drive, for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, in North Andover, MA. My favorite set of columns are those about the Salem Witch Trials seen through local buildings. They were written at the request of the Andover Historical Society.