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 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.
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.
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.