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April 9, 2014
Affectionate homeowners and architects have beckoned these classic homes into the modern era with sleek, midcentury modern additions that distinguish them from their contemporaries. Consider this combination of old and new a kind of architectural steampunk.
The exterior facade of the renovated Victorian Everett House in Louisville Kentucky.

The wide back stairs of this addition to an eclectic Victorian home in Louisville, Kentucky, offer a place for the family to relax. The exterior—painted Black Forest Green, a Benjamin Moore hue commonly used on plantation shutters in the South—subtly introduces modern design to the neighborhood. Photo by Noah Webb.

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New residential buildings are few and far between in England, so architects like Phillips have increasingly been charged with creating groundbreaking modern environments within the shells of historic houses. “People just find it easier to work within exis

The addition of a studio was an essential part of the extention of an artist's Victorian home in Richmond, England. The architect conceived the new space as a blank canvas for the artist and her husband, leaving the surrounding garden to serve as a focal point. Photo by Richard Powers.

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A couple re-energized their Victorian terrace house in London by adding a bright, white modern addition. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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The facade of Fuzzco, Helen Rice and Josh Nissenboim's design firm.

In Charleston, South Carolina, a derelict 19th-century structure was transformed, taking on a stripped-down aesthetic that marries simple, clean design with the integrity of the original building. Photo by Daniel Shea.

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In Adelaide, Australia, an 1880 bungalow with an elaborate sandstone-and-brick Victorian facade lets loose with an angular modern addition of glass and steel. Photo by James Knowler.

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<p>In early 2006, Katie and John Eller reached out to a friend for a reference. "She said, 'I want your architect and your contractor,'" recalls Sarah Willmer, founder of <a href="http://www.studio-sw.com">Studio Sarah Willmer, Architecture</a>.

An understated renovation doubled the size of this San Francisco Victorian, untangling public and private spaces. Photo by Ken Gutmaker.

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Like their request, the design the couple chose, the more dramatic of those proposed by Samaha and Hart, called for a complete renovation of the home, save the two front rooms and front facade. "The house has a split personality," Samaha says. "We kept th

When renovating their home, an adventurous San Franscisco couple paired a light, pale green Victorian facade with a box-like white addition exposed to the sun. Photo by Sharon Risedorph.

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A developer brought an aging Victorian in Oakland, California, into the modern era by raising the structure by about four feet—enough to carve out new office space for his construction company. Photo by Jason Madara.

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The exterior facade of the renovated Victorian Everett House in Louisville Kentucky.

The wide back stairs of this addition to an eclectic Victorian home in Louisville, Kentucky, offer a place for the family to relax. The exterior—painted Black Forest Green, a Benjamin Moore hue commonly used on plantation shutters in the South—subtly introduces modern design to the neighborhood. Photo by Noah Webb.

Photo by Noah Webb.

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