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Award-Winning Renovations of Architectural Icons

Award-Winning Renovations of Architectural Icons

  • The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

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    The house, right, sits adjacent to another home designed by Schindler.

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    Grant Mudford

  • The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

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    The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

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    Grant Mudford

    The new front yard features drought-tolerant plantings and a communal garden where neighbors sit and share coffee.

  • The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

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    The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

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    Grant Mudford

    The architect removed a piece of cabinetry between the kitchen and living room.

  • New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

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    New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

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    Grant Mudford

    New white oak floors match the width and wood species of the original flooring.

  • The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

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    The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

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    Grant Mudford

    The restored house has LED lighting; wooden window and door frames were preserved and fitted with tempered glass.

  • Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

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    Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

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    Grant Mudford

    Living room before. Ehrlich forensically reconstructed and refinished built-ins and furniture and restored the fireplace.

  • Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

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    Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

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    Grant Mudford

    Living room after. Custom kitchen cabinets are made of layered maple plywood with a laminate skin.

  • Bedroom before.

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    Bedroom before.

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    Grant Mudford

    Bedroom before.

  • Bedroom after.

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    Bedroom after.

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    Grant Mudford

    Bedroom after.

  • In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindlers Kings Road house.

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    In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindlers Kings Road house.

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    Grant Mudford

    In the backyard, an existing 70-year-old grapevine grows over a new galvanized steel trellis, inspired by the sleeping porches of Schindler’s Kings Road house.

  • The patio view from the house.

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    The patio view from the house.

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    Grant Mudford

    The patio view from the house.

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  • The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.

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    The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.

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    Robert Lautman

    2011 rada
    Restoration/Preservation / Merit 
    Restoration of the Luis Marden House, McLean, Va.
    Richard Williams Architects, Washington, D.C.


    The contractor restored the entire structure of this 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright house. Architect Richard Williams chose period furnishings that respect the houses authority and powerful setting.
  • The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

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    The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

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    Robert Lautman

    The linear house perches near the edge of Potomac River rapids.

  • The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

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    The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

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    Robert Lautman

    The dining room has a spectacular view of the river below and conveys a sense of prospect and refuge.

  • The house??s simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

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    The house??s simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

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    Robert Lautman

    The house's simplicity and massing, shown here in the entry court, recall other late Usonian houses.

  • Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

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    Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

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    Robert Lautman

    Cupped and damaged mahogany ceilings panels were repaired and put back together.

  • Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

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    Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

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    Robert Lautman

    Original recessed down lights, like those in the master bedroom, were restored and supplemented with atmospheric lighting.

  • Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

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    Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

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    Robert Lautman

    Here, the living and dining room areas are seen at dawn. The kitchen received new high-end cabinetry and concrete countertops.

  • The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

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    The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

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    Robert Lautman

    The restoration included refurbishing original red concrete floors, shown here in the guest room.

  • Few of Wright??s buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

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    Few of Wright??s buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

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    Few of Wright's buildings from his Usonian period were sited with such a dramatic backdrop as this project by Williams.

  • The site and floor plan.

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    The site and floor plan.

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    Courtesy Richard Williams Architects

    The site and floor plan.

  • Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldnt be experienced in the original plan.

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    Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldnt be experienced in the original plan.

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    Paul Warchol

    2011 RADA
    Restoration/Preservation / Grand
    Record House Revisited, Owings Mills, Md.
    David Jameson Architect, Washington, D.C.


    Removing all the interior walls revealed floor-to-ceiling window openings that couldn't be experienced in the original plan.
  • An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

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    An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

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    Paul Warchol

    An allee of walnut casework defines the public areas.

  • A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

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    A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

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    Paul Warchol

    A computer area occupies a niche on axis with the glass entry node.

  • The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

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    The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

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    Paul Warchol

    The smooth opalescence of Corian casework in the kitchen, mudroom, and bath is a textural counterpoint to the white brick and plaster.

  • The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

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    The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

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    Paul Warchol

    The skylight-encircled chimney stands as an obelisk.

  • The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

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    The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

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    Paul Warchol

    The opposite view from the glass entryway, looking toward the public area from the bedroom pavilion.

  • The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

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    The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

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    Paul Warchol

    The glassy living spaces open to a full-length deck.

  • Site plan for the project.

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    Site plan for the project.

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    Ron Southwick

    Site plan for the project.

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    Robert Batey

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    Robert Batey

    His remodel included a skillful interior makeover; a new guesthouse attached to the main house by a breezeway; and cleaned-up and redefined outdoor rooms.

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    Brian Pittman

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    Architect Brian Pittman ushered it into the 21st century with a sure and gentle hand. His remodel included a skillful interior makeover; a new guesthouse attached to the main house by a breezeway; and cleaned-up and redefined outdoor rooms.

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    Assassi Productions

    2004 RADA
    Renovation / Grand
    Mankins-Camp Residence, San Francisco
    Substance Architects, Des Moines, Iowa


    The street-level entry was pared down and simplified, both inside and out, in order to emphasize its angular architecture.
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    Assassi Productions

    Interior walls were eliminated and storage areas were recessed into the walls so that views from all living spaces would remain unobstructed and open.

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    Assassi Productions

    The stair down to the lower level was also reorganized so that skyline views could be seen from the front door.

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    Assassi Productions

    The street-level entry was pared down and simplified, both inside and out, in order to emphasize its angular architecture.

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    Assassi Productions

    The stair down to the lower level was also reorganized so that skyline views could be seen from the front door.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

  • Studio elevation before the renovation.

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    Studio elevation before the renovation.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    Studio elevation before the renovation.

  • Studio elevation after the renovation.

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    Studio elevation after the renovation.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    Studio elevation after the original additions and renovation.

  • The studio after the additions were demolished. The original studio was oriented to maximize northern light and capitalize on views of Mill Creek, while the garage was oriented toward an existing barn. This interplay of orientations gave the studio its unique geometry.

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    The studio after the additions were demolished. The original studio was oriented to maximize northern light and capitalize on views of Mill Creek, while the garage was oriented toward an existing barn. This interplay of orientations gave the studio its unique geometry.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The studio after the additions were demolished. The original studio was oriented to maximize northern light and capitalize on views of Mill Creek, while the garage was oriented toward an existing barn. This interplay of orientations gave the studio its unique geometry.

  • The bridge is tapered to tuck behind the reconstructed stone parapet on the south elevation.

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    The bridge is tapered to tuck behind the reconstructed stone parapet on the south elevation.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The bridge is tapered to tuck behind the reconstructed stone parapet on the south elevation.

  • The new bridge and restored studio, viewed from the house.

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    The new bridge and restored studio, viewed from the house.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The new bridge and restored studio, viewed from the house.

  • With its mid-20th-century appendages removed, the studios setting and massing are exposed.

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    With its mid-20th-century appendages removed, the studios setting and massing are exposed.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    With its mid-20th-century appendages removed, the studios setting and massing are exposed.

  • Restoration involved welding new columns around the originals and reinforcing the water-damaged chicken-wire floor deck with steel.

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    Restoration involved welding new columns around the originals and reinforcing the water-damaged chicken-wire floor deck with steel.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    Restoration involved welding new columns around the originals and reinforcing the water-damaged chicken-wire floor deck with steel.

  • Guests are often treated to cocktails and music at the studio.

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    Guests are often treated to cocktails and music at the studio.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    Guests are often treated to cocktails and music at the studio.

  • The living room focuses its view on the studio.

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    The living room focuses its view on the studio.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The living room focuses its view on the studio.

  • The foyer of the studio, now used as a private art gallery.

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    The foyer of the studio, now used as a private art gallery.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The foyer of the studio, now used as a private art gallery.

  • The sculptural stairway before.

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    The sculptural stairway before.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The sculptural stairway before.

  • The sculptural stairway after.

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    The sculptural stairway after.

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    Jeffrey Totaro

    The sculptural stairway after.

  • The finished site plan.

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    The finished site plan.

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    The finished site plan.

  • This remodeled kitchen represents an effort to project the vocabulary of Richard Neutrathe houses original architectinto the present day.

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    This remodeled kitchen represents an effort to project the vocabulary of Richard Neutrathe houses original architectinto the present day.

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    Michael Biondo

    2012 RADA
    Kitchen / Merit
    Neutra Glen Residence, Stamford, Conn.
    Joeb Moore + Partners, Greenwich, Conn.


    This remodeled kitchen represents an effort to project the vocabulary of Richard Neutra—the house’s original architect—into the present day.
  • The project clearly distinguishes between new and restoration.

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    The project clearly distinguishes between new and restoration.

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    Michael Biondo

    The project clearly distinguishes between new and restoration.

  • The original kitchen.

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    The original kitchen.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore + Partners

    The original kitchen.

  • Stainless steel columnsso slender that they are practically two-dimensionalmark the path of the partition that isolated the original kitchen from the living and dining areas.

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    Stainless steel columnsso slender that they are practically two-dimensionalmark the path of the partition that isolated the original kitchen from the living and dining areas.

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    Michael Biondo

    Stainless steel columns—so slender that they are practically two-dimensional—mark the path of the partition that isolated the original kitchen from the living and dining areas.

  • Knife-edge stainless steel counters top the gloss-white base cabinets. The uppers are acid-washed steel.

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    Knife-edge stainless steel counters top the gloss-white base cabinets. The uppers are acid-washed steel.

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    Michael Biondo

    Knife-edge stainless steel counters top the gloss-white base cabinets. The uppers are acid-washed steel.

  • The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

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    The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

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    Michael Biondo

    The new columns are nearly invisible when viewed head-on.

  • Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the houses back hall.

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    Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the houses back hall.

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    Michael Biondo

    Blackened steel plate wraps the doorway to the house’s back hall.

  • The kitchen in axonometric view.

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    The kitchen in axonometric view.

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    Courtesy Joeb Moore + Partners

    The kitchen in axonometric view.

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    Daproza, Johanna

    2007 CHDA
    Custom Home/More Than 5,000 Square Feet / Merit
    New Canaan Conn., Residence
    Joeb Moore + Partners, Greenwich, Conn.


    The home's all-new second level is sheathed in metal and elevated a few inches above the rebuilt cedar-clad first floor.
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    The new building continues the old house's strong relationship to the outdoors and uses radiant heat, bluestone floors, and lots of glass, just like its predecessor.
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    Daproza, Johanna

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    Prutting & Co. Custom Builders

Whether restoring, remodeling, or completely rebuilding, the prospect of making any changes to a house designed by a respected architect can be daunting. This collection of updated projects includes originals by Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Charles H. Richter, Felder Weeks, Aaron Green, and Eliot Noyes. Definitely a tough acts to follow.

The architects who painstakingly brought these houses back to life not only took into consideration existing architecture, but also the intentions of the initial designers. This meant research on other works by those master architects, design trends of the time, plus finding appropriate finishes and products to fit the style. Across the board, the biggest challenge was changing floor plans for clients’ contemporary lifestyles without altering the spirit of the house. Restraint is the word for that part of the process. Many of the updates required knocking down interior walls and replacing or expanding glazing to strengthen outdoor connections and open living areas. Several of the houses had undergone less sensitive remodels or additions, so getting back to the original architect’s layout figured highly into the new design. When renovating an Aaron Green house for his twin brother, Paul Mankins, FAIA, explains that “a lot of the solution was mainly getting rid of the bad stuff.”

Replacing outdated systems and crumbling structural components without destroying too much of the architecture was also a big hurdle. Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, viewed it as an opportunity to make the Schindler house he restored as green as possible. He did such a good job that his daughter and her family now own the house, so Ehrlich continues to enjoy his meticulous hard work. Another benefit for all of the architects who successfully revised these masterworks—they all received a Residential Architect or Custom Home Design Award for their efforts.