The Arlington House | Episode 1
We're just 37 days away from our big 40th-anniversary TV special on PBS! In the meantime, take a stroll down memory lane with Bob Vila, as he introduces Season 4 in our 40-day countdown to the 40th-Anniversary TV special, which starts airing on August 17th! Check local listings.
This series premiere episode is available FREE for a limited time in celebration of our 40th anniversary! To view the rest of Season 4, sign up for a FREE trial membership to TOH Insider. Learn more
In this episode:
Host Bob Vila takes you on a tour of the newest project on This Old House--a three-story Greek Revival farmhouse in Arlington, MA. Over 26 weeks, Vila and his crew of building craftsmen will transform an 1850s house into an "idea house for the 1980s" that gives viewers and homeowners a "new" (at the time) sense of what a home can be.
"This season we're in Arlington, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston where most of the housing was built within in the last fifty to a hundred years. All of it, for the most part, is very nicely kept up...That's why it's kind of a challenge to find an old dilapidated house with a lot of potential. But we feel we've lucked out this year. We've found an old farmhouse that we think is just terrific."
-Bob Vila introducing Season 4's Arlington project, back in 1982
This season premiere episode is available FREE for a limited time in celebration of TOH's 40th anniversary! To view the rest of Season 4, sign up for a FREE trial membership to TOH Insider. Learn more