References & Reliable Tradesmen


Fox Deceived Farm, circa 1793, window



Preservation of Windows (click to open PDF)

Article courtesy Preservation Pennsylvania 2016

 Reliable Craftsmen

The Washington County Historical Trust will not promote or advertise any one tradesmen or company in preference to another. The Trust will  share success stories from owners of Washington County, MD historic homes who are pleased to relate their personal success with a Washington County, Maryland skilled tradesman. The Trust highly recommends you verify any recommendation offered.


Cushaw & Stouffer 

1 West Franklin Street, Suite 201 Hagerstown, Maryland 21740 (301)739-7995

Cushwa and Stouffer Architects LLC, headed by Kurt H. Cushwa, architect and Robert L. Stouffer, architect, have been involved in historic architecture work of all kinds for a combined total of nearly sixty years. They consider the existing conditions, potential uses, building codes and historic sensitivity of the subject and help you take a line through the matrix of local, state and federal overview to reach a goal that can be mutually supported. They have accomplished stabilization, maintenance, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and restoration projects during their careers. Kurt Cushwa has been the recipient of local and state of Maryland awards for sensitive and economic re-use of existing historic structures. Robert Stouffer has worked as architect on projects such as the Montana State Capitol, Lewis and Clark County Court House, Grant Kohrs Ranch, Bannack (Ghost Town) State Park and many other similar projects. Both have presented to historic district commissions, architectural design committees, state historic preservations officers and national parks service regional offices and have both enjoyed the pleasure of helping their clients and community benefit from these processes.

Architectural Historians

Cultural Resources Evaluation – Dr. Paula S. Reed

1 West Franklin Street, Suite 300, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740  (301 739-2070

Paula S. Reed PhD, architectural historian, historian and principal investigator, has particular and extensive experience with cultural resource evaluation.

Preservation Associates – Douglass Reed

449 North Prospect Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740  (301) 739-7880

Contractors with specialty in Period Restorations

Gruber-Latimer Restoration

2 West Potomac Parkway, PO Box 276. Williamsport, Maryland 21795 (301) 223-8848

Throughout our thirty-nine year history, Gruber-Latimer Restoration has been fortunate to be involved in a wide array of projects in both the residential and commercial sectors of the construction industry. While masonry restoration forms the core of our business activities, new construction also and exterior building cleaning and maintenance represents a substantial portion of the work we complete each year.

We provide full-time employment for an average of twelve employees, with our most senior mechanics accumulating a total of over 75 years of front-line training and experience.



Period Restorations and Cabinetry – Mr. Robert W. Bowman

12351 Harvey Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722   (301) 730-5253

All phases of construction. Specializing in old home preservation and restoration, also consultation of historic properties.Holds a Home Improvement Contractor license according to the Maryland contractors license board.