'This Old House' at 30
Newton Centre Project 2009, as shown on the Old House My House blog (click image above).

The "This Old House" Newton Centre Project 2009, in Newton, Mass., as shown on the Old House My House blog (click the image above).

Americans love homes and fixing them up. In 1979, there was a lone public television show devoted to the task, the art. “This Old House” set out to make the magic of renovation and repair accessible — and became a huge national hit.

This year, “This Old House” turns thirty. The landscape outside has changed. An epic housing bust. A raft of commercial shows from “Extreme Makeover” to “Flipping Out” grabbing at the tool belt.

This hour, On Point: Norm Abram, Kevin O’Connor, and more, on “This Old House” at thirty.

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Kevin O’Connor is now in his sixth season as host of “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House.” He is also on the editorial board of This Old House magazine.

Norm Abram, master carpenter of “This Old House” since the show’s premiere in 1979. He was also host of “The Yankee Workshop,” which ran for 21 seasons. He serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine and has his own column, Norm’s Notebook.

Deborah Hood, senior series producer at “This Old House,” where she started in 2002 as an associate producer.

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On Point got a tour of the current project site in Newton, Mass. In this video Tom Ashbrook talks with Tom Silva, general contractor for “This Old House”:

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