Unwrapping Historic Homes to Reveal their Original Beauty!
The "Great Unveiling," organized by the Broadway Historic District Association, is a nationally recognized program. Typically, 30 to 50 neighborhood volunteers pitch in to tear, pry, and pull unoriginal artificial siding off houses to reveal beautiful architectural details beneath.
Aluminum, vinyl, steel, asphalt shingle, transite, fake brick composite, and even Permastone have been removed to expose original wood clapboard, friezes, decorative shingles, and other unique examples of quality nineteenth-century craftsmanship. The refuse is sorted and either recycled or carted away, and the homeowners are sometimes left with a check from recycling scrap to help defray some costs of fixing/restoring the newly revealed original siding.
More than 50 homes have benefited from the "unveiling" process. In a historic district, such unveiling projects benefit not just the property owner but the street, the neighborhood historic district as a whole and homeowners' own individual property values.