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