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May 30, 2014
From a 19th-century stable in Chicago to a former one-room schoolhouse in Wisconsin, these renovations in the Midwest marry charming histories with modern sensibilities.
Designed to be a welcoming space for visitors, the glassy foyer addition is clearly defined against the more private interior of the house.

stocky, cavelike 1970s bi-level 20 miles southeast of Milwaukee gets a warm, airy upgrade. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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The Deans’ new kitchen is long and narrow, punctuated by the small windows that dot the façade and one large light-giving window at the end.

Two small, rectilinear additions to the back of this home built in 1922 in Minneapolis add a small master bedroom and extend the kitchen. Photo by Chad Holder.

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A 1960s duplex in a historic district in Kansas City, Missouri got a modern renovation that included stripping the structure down to its studs, reconfiguring the interiors, and modifying the facade, while still respecting the neighborhood's traditional aesthetic. Photo courtesy Kem Studio.

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In rural Wisconsin, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1912 becomes a comfortable retreat, thanks to a modernized kitchen, a new staircase, and fabricated built-in cabinetry. 

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Hernandez and Surratt relax in the living room, which is enlivened by the house’s internal topography. A short flight of steps divides the interconnected areas and offers a place to sit. Above is a loft that can be converted to a bedroom.

In the 1880s, this Chicago house was a wood-frame stable. Architect Jeanne Gang brought it into the twenty-first century with an intricate brick facade and light-filled interiors. Photo by Gregg Segal.

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Designed to be a welcoming space for visitors, the glassy foyer addition is clearly defined against the more private interior of the house.

stocky, cavelike 1970s bi-level 20 miles southeast of Milwaukee gets a warm, airy upgrade. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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