Collection by Matthew Keeshin

Raconteur Renovations: Homes with Some Serious History

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Whether the site or the house is rich with history, these homes get an update in the modern world.

From the street, the home bears many of the hallmarks of an Eichler home. Its low roofline is in large part supported…
Nicknamed the Floating Farmhouse, this 200-year-old home inspired one former copywriter to delve into architecture as a…
The living areas and an office are arranged in an open layout around a central atrium that is open to the outdoors.
Margarita McGrath and Scott Oliver of Noroof Architects termed the 1,650-square-foot house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn,…
Numerous renovations left the 1930s apartment dark, cramped, and confused, a space searching for a strong personality.…
The duo added custom redwood cabinetry on the dining area side. The pendants are from Birchwood Lighting.
The roofline, set on top of glass clerestories on a transparent central volume, begat the building’s local nickname:…
In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the…
Although little was done to alter the building’s original form, the firm did demolish an extension that was the site of…
The Citrons inherited the Modernica sofa, chaise, and table from the previous owners. They added a Jasper Morrison cork…
The second-floor office is housed inside a rounded rectangle of concrete that the architect inserted on top of the old…
The roof’s geometric shape helps the interior feel more expansive than it is. Messmate timber floorboards and painted…
With the deliberate exception of its glass wall, the addition blends in seamlessly with the existing Victorian home.…
Architect Gregory Phillips connected the original house to a new modern extension that doesn’t interfere with the…
The large patio leads to a newly landscaped back garden. An expansive glass wall promotes seamless indoor-outdoor…
Abutting the kitchen, the owners’ existing dining chairs, table, and bench have found a new home beneath the…
The home's eye-catching façade is juxtaposed with its neighbors: the stone wall of the old factory to the east, and a…
The modern addition sits on a concrete platform that extends past the house’s envelope, creating welcoming patios on…
The new living room is open and bright. A hearth sheathed in concrete tile from Sadlerstone—a material that recurrs…
A tall and narrow window separates the new brickwork from the historic building, making its lines and profile clearly…
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