Artful Midcentury Remodels

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April 30, 2014
Renovating a historic home can be daunting, but these seven remodels balance past, present, and future.
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  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

    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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  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  Photo by: Caren Alpert

    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

    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 

    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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  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  Photo by: Jason Schmidt

    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

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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

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

    Photo by: Anthony Matula

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  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  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    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

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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  Photo by: Kyle JohnsonCourtesy of: Kyle Johnson

    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

    Photo by: Kyle Johnson

    Courtesy of: Kyle Johnson

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