Charlie, originally from Washington State, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard in 1970. After a stint working for various social justice causes he founded Charlie Allen Restorations in 1978. The firm specializes in urban period home remodeling. He has won several local Historic Preservation Awards, been an expert on Fox 25 Morning News, is a regular contributor to Old House Journal magazine, and been featured in numerous other national and local publications. He is active in local chapters of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Council and has earned numerous industry certifications. Charlie's work with the CHS began when he joined the CHS council in 2004 and assumed the position of Facilities Chair to oversee a Community Preservation Grant from the City of Cambridge. When not working on renovating period buildings, Charlie, an avid sports fan, can often be found playing basketball. He lives with his family in an 1839 Greek Revival house in Cambridgeport.
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