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April 30, 2014
Renovating a historic home can be daunting, but these seven remodels balance past, present, and future.
Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena’s design may be strict in its layout and proportion, but it lends itself to casual living.

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

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Modern 1950s Esherick home

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

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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 

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The living room, with vintage furnishings by Harry Bertoia, Paul McCobb, and others, overlooks the heavily wooded site, which adjoins a protected watershed. Goddard and Mandolene replaced the original tile floor with a glossy coat of resin and restored th

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

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Modern mid-century ranch house with Douglas fir trellis

A dramatic wood trellis on this renovated ranch house in Tennessee adds sweeping style and cools a previously overheated courtyard. Photo by Anthony Matula

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In the living room, a pair of Tree coat hangers by Michael Young and Katrin Petursdottir for Swedese contrast with the live foliage outside.

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

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lakeside house issaquah washington interior dining room

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

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Architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena’s design may be strict in its layout and proportion, but it lends itself to casual living.

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

Photo by Noah Webb.

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