Renovation/ Restoration Links


Sanborn Maps – Historic Fire Insurance Maps that show building footprints. Helpful in determining when built, subsequent additions and alterations, type of construction, uses, and, occasionally, business names. Digital copies are accessible through the Hillsborough County website and original copies are available at the main Tampa Library.

Burgert Brothers Photos – For information on this historic photograph collection Tampa buildings and society, see this blog post.

FSU Special Collections

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Historical Society

Magazines, Websites, Discussion Boards/ Forums

American Bungalow – Lovely photos showcasing bungalow renovations around the US. The website also has an onlineForum to discuss Bungalow renovations with other enthusiasts.

John Leeke’s Historic Homeworks – One of the best sources for serious preservation issues on the web with how-to books and videos. Also has a good online discussion board.

Old House Journal– Professional advice on everything related to old homes from paint color to kitchens, landscaping to tile to help with renovation. Also has an online discussion board and excellent product directory.

Old House Web – Ideas and Advice for old house enthusiasts with a very active Forum.

Period Homes – Includes a very comprehensive directory of preservation products and services.

This Old House – The popular PBS TV show brought to print. Tends to be less strict in its restoration focused than some of the other magazines, but an excellent source of information on repairs and maintenance of old homes.

The Craftsman Blog – Run by a Florida resident, the Craftsman Blog has weekly restoration and renovation tips for old house owners. – A website for active preservationists listing jobs, current issues, and networking.

More Info

Preservation Directory

Association for Preservation Technology

National Center for Preservation Training and Technology

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation

National Register of Historic Places