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Past Perspectives - House History Research
"...Best of all you accomplished what we could not. You were able to find the missing pieces in our home’s history back to the original land purchase in 1743. We are most pleased with the completeness of your research and the documentation you provided."
Joseph Schaefer – Berks County, Pennsylvania, April 2004

Past Perspectives is a unique historic and cultural resources company that has helped thousands of homeowners, institutions and non-profits interpret, preserve and appreciate their historic properties. From rural stone farmhouses and rustic barns to urban townhouses and Victorian mansions, Past Perspectives has almost 35 years of experience analyzing and studying historic architecture.

Stone House, Bartram Gardens, PA
18th Century Stone House at
Bartram Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

We are dedicated to the preservation and documentation of homesteads and other historic properties. We create a wide range of written documents of each site that include building condition reports, building style analyses, deed searches, historical narratives, physical descriptions, architectural documentation, historic site plans, establishment of construction dates and State and National Register nominations.

Biography of owner Greg Huber

Greg Huber, the owner of Past Perspectives, has been documenting historic buildings from Tennessee to Maine since 1974. A specialist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York houses and barns, Greg draws from an encyclopedic knowledge of architectural styles, traits, and trends throughout more than three centuries of various cultural building traditions.

Over the past 35 years, Huber has inspected and researched over 5,000 structures, including farmhouses, townhouses and rural plantations, barns, hay barracks and diverse types of outbuildings as well as mills, iron foundries and other historic buildings, amassing a huge 20,000 page library of field notes and documentation.


Federal style stone house, Berks County PA
Front Door of Late Federal Style Stone House, Circa 1820 Near Reading, Berks County, PA

Greg Huber is a well-respected and recognized scholar, and in 1997 he was awarded the New Netherland Project’s Alice P. Kenney Award for his outstanding contributions for furthering the public appreciation of the Dutch-American culture. In 2003, his New World Dutch Barn book received the Allen G. Noble book award for the best edited book on material culture in North America. He is an accomplished author of over 60 articles and several books, including:

Early Stone Houses of Bucks County and The Greater Brandywine Valley – coauthor – Rizzoli Publications, New York (to be published in spring 2005)

The New World Dutch Barn – The Evolution, Forms and Structure of a Disappearing Icon – Syracuse University Press – Editor of Second Edition - 2001

“Behind the Threshing Doors – An Inside Look at Some of the Earliest Barns in Pennsylvania” – Material Culture, Pioneer America Society – Fall 2004

“Making Progress Every Day – The 1720s Pieter Winne House” – de Halve Maen, Holland Society, New York – Spring 2004

Past Perspectives, PO Box 82, Macungie, PA 18062  610.967.5808  
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