Downtown Victorian / Contemporary
Restoration, Renovation & Addition
- Award Winning -
2020 AIA CT Alice Washburn Award of Excellence
2018 Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Design Award
The recipient of two prestigious architecture awards, our designs completely revamped this Victorian-style cottage originally constructed in the 1840s. A 1920s masonry addition was done in the Queen Anne style. In the 1980s, a young developer purchased the house and perpetuated an insensitive contemporary "bachelor loft" makeover, modifying the front elevation with inappropriate window shutters, porch reconstructions, and roof materials, eliminated all interior historic elements and destroyed the rear facade with a two-story brick/glass addition. By the early 2000s, the property was abandoned, overgrown, and deteriorating.
The new owner commissioned us to restore the Victorian street facade and roof using historically appropriate materials, detailing, and colors. We also created a two-story masonry expansion to provide a transition between the earlier 1920s addition and the historic house, creating a more coherent interior and exterior totality. New metal window-walls connect the living space to enhanced backyard views and a new rooftop terrace allows for lovely views of the yard.
We also transformed the ugly flat-roofed garage into a Victorian Carriage House with Victorian roofscape, siding, and detailing, creating a new backyard visual focus.