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Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene have a spring in their step since completing their restoration of the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft, who says, “I can’t get over what they’ve done—–it’s unbelievable.”

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  In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  The entry, during renovation.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    The entry, during renovation.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  A view of the entry shrouded by overgrown greenery, before landscaping had begun.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    A view of the entry shrouded by overgrown greenery, before landscaping had begun.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  With the exception of the front door and its adjacent glazing, all of the glass sliders and their frames were torn out and replaced.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    With the exception of the front door and its adjacent glazing, all of the glass sliders and their frames were torn out and replaced.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Major renovations were applied to every surface in the house, including the ceiling, which was made of metal mesh lath covered in layers of hand-troweled plaster.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Major renovations were applied to every surface in the house, including the ceiling, which was made of metal mesh lath covered in layers of hand-troweled plaster.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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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 the original ceiling.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    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 the original ceiling.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  “On a bright day, you have to wear sunglasses in here,” Mandolene says. A freestanding travertine-and-steel fireplace, open on all four sides, divides the living and dining areas.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    “On a bright day, you have to wear sunglasses in here,” Mandolene says. A freestanding travertine-and-steel fireplace, open on all four sides, divides the living and dining areas.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  The home was saved by its in-built solidity: In 1958, a writer described it as mixing “the fragility of a mannequin with the durability of a stevedore.”  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    The home was saved by its in-built solidity: In 1958, a writer described it as mixing “the fragility of a mannequin with the durability of a stevedore.”

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  The master suite contains the home's only non-vintage furnishing: a BoConcept bed.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    The master suite contains the home's only non-vintage furnishing: a BoConcept bed.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  White brick exterior of Goddard and Mandolene’s home post-renovation.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    White brick exterior of Goddard and Mandolene’s home post-renovation.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Obstructive radiators were removed; here, a view of the fireplace dividing dining and living spaces.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Obstructive radiators were removed; here, a view of the fireplace dividing dining and living spaces.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Despite their fidelity to the original structure, the residents made small changes, notably in the kitchen: The wood-veneered island was moved to create more circulation space behind it and finished in white lacquer and stainless steel. Wood cabinetry above the island was exchanged for a steel ventilation unit.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Despite their fidelity to the original structure, the residents made small changes, notably in the kitchen: The wood-veneered island was moved to create more circulation space behind it and finished in white lacquer and stainless steel. Wood cabinetry above the island was exchanged for a steel ventilation unit.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  All of the glazing along the house’s 95-foot-long western elevation can be opened to the out of doors.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    All of the glazing along the house’s 95-foot-long western elevation can be opened to the out of doors.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  A previous owner, rather than replacing the imploded air vents in the cement slab, had installed radiators, chewing up the diminutive white ceramic tiles and ruining the visual impact of the glass.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    A previous owner, rather than replacing the imploded air vents in the cement slab, had installed radiators, chewing up the diminutive white ceramic tiles and ruining the visual impact of the glass.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  During renovations new heating-cooling and plumbing systems were embedded within.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    During renovations new heating-cooling and plumbing systems were embedded within.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  All of the stonework and brick were repaired or replaced.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    All of the stonework and brick were repaired or replaced.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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  Facade of home before renovation.  Photo by: Jason Schmidt
    Facade of home before renovation.

    Photo by: Jason Schmidt

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