Sharon Ferraro

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A house bill decried by preservationists around the state might drop some of its more controversial provisions this week. Sponsors have drafted a revised version that removes, among other things, a “sunset clause” that would have required a vote every 10 years to renew an historic district.

Representative Chris Afendoulis is the bill’s primary sponsor.

“We wanted to raise the bar in terms of creation of historic districts,” he says of his reasons for introducing the bill.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

This is the second in a two-part series about historic houses.

Suppose a spaceship lands on your lawn, visitors from another planet step out and ask you to show them a house. No problem; you point one out. OK, they say, now show us an historic house. So you find one that looks old. And they want to know: what’s the style?

Erin Williams

When you become a homeowner, gone are the days of calling the landlord for any creak or leak. Maintaining  a residence on your own can be a big responsibility - especially if you’re short on cash and unsure of what you're doing.