Entry hallway of Courtyard House by COX.

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"We did try to retain and celebrate features of the original house we discovered," says Joe. Features such as the original tiles and stained glass in the entrance hallway were retained, and pressed-metal ceilings, fireplaces, and original cedar skirts and architraves were all reworked and reinstalled.