Beautifully presented and written, this is a compelling and original story of the conservation of a heritage site set in the broader context of its local history. At the core, Peter Freeman tells an innovative and engaging story of a community through the layers of a wallpapered house. Freeman brings the story of the manse and the local district to life through interweaving place and community. The book is unusual in being both a history and a heritage conservation study.
Carefully researched, the history of the house is gradually revealed with an almost forensic fervour which does not daunt the reader with unnecessary detail. This book is an interesting example of what can happen when conservation architecture and history are united — a combination all too uncommon.