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What species of wood for casing/trim in historic bungalow/four^2

Posted by fasola-shapenote (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 20, 08 at 19:47

What species of wood is historically appropriate for the wood and trim (door casing, window casing, crown moulding, chair-rail, baseboard, doors, etc. - basically everything other than the floor) in a 1900s-1930s era foursquare/bungalow in the South (i.e. Alabama/Mississippi)?

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RE: What species of wood for casing/trim in historic bungalow/fou

If it was a simple, non-architect-designed house, it would be a native softwood, hard georgia pine or cypress. If more upscale, an assortment of hardwoods could have been specified; quartersawn oak was the favorite of arts &crafts decorators. Cherry, gumwood, ash, mahogany (or a variety of woods stained blood-red to emulate it, such as birch, maple, etc).

RE: What species of wood for casing/trim in historic bungalow/fou

We had a lot of birch in our 1906 Arts and Crafts home. Also, maple for the floors was common. When installing new, spend a little extra to get taller/wider moldings. It will more closely replicate the era than the thin stuff you see today.

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