Colonial Revival Cottage Renovation
SPITZMILLER & NORRIS
Colonial Revival Cottage
This very unusual one-and-three quarter story house was constructed in 1925. At the time it came into the hands of its new owners, the rich Colonial Revival Style exterior had survived relatively intact, but the interiors had suffered many and varied insensitive renovations. Based on our experience, after discovering the extent of the issues the condition of the house exhibited, most new owners would have opted to raze the house and build anew.
One-and-three story construction; fine arched guillotine windows with original glazing intact across the front of the house at the first floor; an imposing Adamesque front portico. The original wide lot had never been subdivided, and the house is situated at the center of the property giving it an atypical gracefulness. This house is an important survivor, along with other 1920’s era houses, in a much sought after neighborhood.
To stabilize, repair and re-enforce the existing structure; to refine the layout of rooms so as to promote more comfortable circulation and to eliminate disturbing dead-end spaces without obviously altering the character of the house. To create new essential spaces such as a true and usable entrance foyer; a family dining space; a new side porch for entertaining and useable closets and bath for the master bedroom. To provide a new kitchen and family room, all in character and harmonious with the period style of the house.
A lovely old residence of considerable significance to its historic neighborhood has now been sensitively rehabilitated to allow it to continue to contribute visually to its context. Hopefully this effort will inspire others to consider the value and pleasure to be derived from working with existing, older houses when considering a new residence.
Interiors by Susan Kasler
Landscape by E. Graham Pittman
Proud recipient of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art 2019 Philip Trammell Shutze Award