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Other stories by James Schwartz

  • phillips row, washington, d.c.

    The transformation of a forlorn school building into a sparkling complex of 14 single-family homes earned Suman Sorg, FAIA, high marks from judges. They admired her careful use of 19th-century proportions and the way the new Phillips Row houses fit seamlessly into a historic Georgetown neighborhood.

  • logan heights development, washington, d.c.

    The architects at diVISION ONE, Inc., couldn't find a developer to build five contemporary town houses in the nation's ultraconservative capital, so they tackled the project themselves, becoming developers, contractors, and designers for the Logan Heights Development.

  • rappahannock bend, king george, va.

    The stunning guest wing that Mark McInturff, FAIA, added to a 1930s home in rural Virginia incorporates a raft of traditional elements from the American South. He chose white-painted brick for the walls "because it's a material I love and is appropriately Southern."

  • martin shocket residence, chevy chase, md.

    If there were ever a project that was a no-brainer, this was it," laughs Mark McInturff, FAIA, describing his renovation of a 32-square-foot photographic studio behind a house in suburban Maryland. The original studio was fitted with tiny windows that looked onto a wide lot.

  • van sweden residence, sherwood, md.

    When Suman Sorg began designing a country retreat for a noted landscape architect, she focused on garden walls: "They're full of mystery, since you can't see what's behind them, and over time they turn into living, vertical gardens themselves."

  • Withers Residence, Accokeek, Md.

    Judges chose as project of the year a modest structure covered in asphalt shingles and corrugated metal, built for a bargain $80 a square foot.

  • Sharon's California House II, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

    When architect Gerald Horn saw the views of the Pacific from his clients' new property in Manhattan Beach, Calif., he knew just what to do: Turn their world upside down.

  • Marek House, Chaska, Minn.

    On their 11 acres of agrarian land, these clients wanted to build "something simple and with good proportions."

  • Ranch Shelter, Tom Green County, Texas

    The simplest things are sometimes the most powerful.

  • Urban residence, Baltimore

    Old and new coexist happily in countless renovations, but rarely are they juxtaposed so ingeniously as on this home in urban Baltimore.