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Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

A Historic London Building Gets a Modern Update with a Dramatic Staircase

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Fraher Architects gives a London building dated to 1870 a clean makeover.

Getting permission to renovate a historically listed townhouse in London can be trying. Fraher Architects spent months meeting with planning officials before they were given the okay to do “something more than a pastiche of the existing building,” architect Elizabeth Webster says. But the waiting paid off: the formerly dark and disjointed 19th-century residence now lights up the neighborhood at night, thanks to a unique “lantern” window that delineates the new construction.

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