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.
Magazines, Websites, Discussion Boards/ Forums
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.
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.
Histpres.com – A website for active preservationists listing jobs, current issues, and networking.