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Adelman House Restoration and Pool House Addition

The Kubala Washatko Architects


Craig Adelman


  • General Contractor: John Sauermilch, Jr.

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This project involved a comprehensive restoration of and sensitive addition to a historic Fox Point home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house had no major alterations since its original construction in the late 1940s. The extensively researched restoration follows the Historic Preservation Standards established by the Secretary of the Interior. It included replacing the roof, repairing and adding skylights, and reconditioning all windows and doors. A failing radiant heating system was replaced in the concrete floor; and a new geothermal system was installed. Aging and inefficient mechanical systems were replaced with new systems carefully integrated into the historic structure. The pool house addition transforms an undefined open yard into a dynamic rear courtyard with inviting indoor and outdoor spaces. Designed in accordance with National Park Service guidelines, the new addition complements the historic home while clearly being differentiated from the original structure. The swimming pool was added in the approximate location drawn on Wright's original plans.

Jury Comment: “A beautiful and sensitive restoration, with an addition that supports and enhances the original home. The architect’s design solution is a model for the creative integration of modern energy efficient mechanical systems into a historic structure.”
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