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waverly house, waverly, pa.

When Bohlin Cywinski Jackson renovated the house and guest cottage on Peter Bohlin's own rural Pennsylvania property, it preserved the compound's modest qualities but overlaid it with a Modernist's sense of space. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the main house was originally an African-American church, and an escaped slave built the guest cottage.

waverly house, waverly, pa.

When Bohlin Cywinski Jackson renovated the house and guest cottage on Peter Bohlin's own rural Pennsylvania property, it preserved the compound's modest qualities but overlaid it with a Modernist's sense of space. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the main house was originally an African-American church, and an escaped slave built the guest cottage.

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    A stone wall at the front of the property joins the main house and guest cottage.

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    In back, another wall extends from a new stone well house through the pond to a swimming pool and bath house, marking the boundary between cultivated and natural landscapes.

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bohlin cywinski jackson, wilkes-barre, pa.

When Bohlin Cywinski Jackson renovated the house and guest cottage on Peter Bohlin's own rural Pennsylvania property, it preserved the compound's modest qualities but overlaid it with a Modernist's sense of space. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the main house was originally an African-American church, and an escaped slave built the guest cottage. In plan, the architects established an axial relationship between the house and guest quarters. Visitors enter a shared auto court bordered by a stone walkway that links the two structures and forms the edge to a new pond. The main house was gutted and reconfigured as a "living pavilion," says Bohlin, FAIA, with gridded bay windows and a new porch-like room overlooking a grove of tightly spaced birches. Dry-laid stone walls bracket the buildings, separating them from the road in front and a field in back. Judges praised the project's site plan and impeccable details. "I like the restraint you feel here," one said.

principal in charge: Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
project architect: Peter Q. Bohlin
general contractors: James Vipond Inc., Dalton, Pa. (main house); Bragg Brothers, Dalton, Pa. (guest house)
landscape architect: Kalinosky Landscaping, Wyoming, Pa.
project size: 2,340 square feet (main house); 1,050 square feet (guest cottage)
site size: 10 acres
construction cost: Withheld
photographer: M. Thomas Architectural Photography