Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
TOUR: HISTORIC FIREPLACES
8 Bromfield Street, Newburyport, Mass.Richard Irons of Limerick Maine, a master restoration mason who has worked on historic houses and museum properties throughout the northeast U.S., will lecture on the evolution of fireplaces, hearth cooking, and fireplace preservation. He has uncovered hundreds of fireplaces, bake ovens, set kettles, and meat smokers for clients. During more than 40 years of working with "old house masonry," he acquired the unique skill of "reading" bricks and mortar for clues to discover hidden masonry treasures. Unbeknownst to many homeowners, early or original elements are often waiting to be rediscovered. The tour focuses on fireplaces and includes a First Period home at 8 Bromfield Street, a Georgian at 64 Federal Street, and a brick Federal Period home at 56 Lime Street.Admission: $30.00. (Reservations required; limited to 20 people. Register online --- or by phone at 978-358-7880.)