Renovating a historic home can be daunting, but these seven remodels balance past, present, and future.
Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena’s remodel design for artists Ramona Trent and Anthony Pearson’s 1946 home opened up a sweeping view of Los Angeles and reconfigured the cramped layout into an open space with exposed composite-wood Glulam beams. Photo by Noah Webb
When a family inherited their aunt’s 1950s Esherick home, they wanted to preserve as much as possible, but also needed more space for their family of five. The solution was to add an open prefab “tea room” and sleep pavilion that houses the family’s bedrooms without disturbing the original structure. Photo by Caren Alpert
It’s a common scenario: over the years, good architecture becomes obscured by years of bad remodels. In Lakewood, Washington, DeForest architects streamlined the layout, updated finishes, and created a kitchen centered around what the residents call "the mother of all islands." The resulting home nods to its midcentury bones without feeling dated. Photo by Ben Benschneider
In 1957, Arthur Witthoefft, an architect for Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill built his award-winning home in Armonk, New York. In the early aughts, a couple bought the now dilapidated structure and hired Witthoefft (who had moved years earlier) back as the consultant, and restored the home to its previous glory, with a few contemporary touches. Photo by Jason Schmidt
In Detroit’s Lafayette Park, Keira Alexandra and Toby Barlow renovated their town house with thoughtful touches like widening the kitchen (the original had been removed) and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that bring in natural light. Photo by Raimund Koch
Ion Chairs by Gideon Kramer fill the dining room of this lakefront midcentury home that was once considered a teardown. To see the rest of this remodel, don’t miss our July/August 2014 issue, which features the entire home. Photo by Kyle Johnson