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Having broken the news to his clients that the charming turn-of-the-century house they had bought wasn’t worth restoring, architect Anthony Barnes cheered them up by penning an eclectic Shingle Style residence that gives every indication of dating from 1895. The master bath adds depth to the deception by suggesting a high-grade remodel circa 1930. This wall detail, which cooks up an art deco flavor using standard tile components, heightens the effect. “It was the client’s idea,” notes Barnes, who likens the design to “something you see in old Paris Metro stations and Chicago eateries.” Our jury called the result “exquisite.” Said one judge, “It’s old and new at the same time.”

Entrant/Architect: Barnes Vanze Architects, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Falcon Construction, Rockville, Md.; Living space: 5,931 square feet; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Anice Hoachlander/HDPhoto.