The Newton House | Episode 1
We're just 39 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 the Season 2 project in Newton, MA. This series premiere episode is available FREE for a limited time in celebration of TOH's 40th anniversary! To view the rest of Season 2, get a FREE trial membership to TOH INSIDER. Learn more
In this episode:
The Newton House, a 19th-century hilltop home in Newton, MA, was designed by Victorian architect H.H. Richardson. The challenge is to convert this abandoned structure into five modern condominium units, while preserving architectural integrity. Bob Vila talks with Norm Abram about how to achieve this balance.
"In the midst of this housing shortage, there are still some undiscovered alternatives. Every community has houses too big to be heated efficiently, real estate taxes too large to bear. They've become the casualties of the energy crisis, but some are being rescued by imaginative developers, families banding together and pooling their resources, and concerned citizens who value properties of historic or architectural significance. One such house is the so-called Bigelow House, a summertime estate built in 1886 by the well-known American architect, H.H. Richardson. Abandoned, and the target of vandals for the past ten years, this house is a typical white elephant: a house nobody wants or can afford. But maybe it's just the house we're looking for..."
-Bob Vila, introducing Season 2 in 1981
This season premiere episode is available FREE for a limited time in celebration of TOH's 40th anniversary! To view the rest of Season 2, get a FREE trial membership to TOH INSIDER. Learn more