But his architect, Leonard Baum, alerted him to an 1827 house that was being used as a dorm at a school that wanted to get rid of it.
has made a practice out of this kind of work since 1988, taking one or two 18th-century houses a year that no one wants and deconstructing them, stripping away all the renovations until the original house is revealed.
then removes the lathe and plaster and documents everything by labeling doors, windows, floor boards-anything that will need to be reassembled.
draws up blueprints, takes lots of photos and then dismantles the house and ships it when the client is ready.
"Every house has a story," he