Merle Thorpe Architects

Chain Bridge Renovation

The original house experienced three substantial renovations over a 60 year period.  Each renovation added new architectural details, documenting a visual “who’s who” of architectural styles for different eras. Yet, the overall effect was incoherent.  Meanwhile, none of the earlier renovations had made the below grade rear garden more accessible.

We stripped away previous ornamentations, and designed a gracious, coherent interpretation of the internationalist mid-20th century modern style.  We also preserved the structure’s central framed core and built a two-story rear addition that makes the rear yard more accessible for entertaining and recreation.  The design satisfies the lifestyle and entertainment requirements of an active family, while appealing to the owners’ modernist aesthetic sensibilities.  With construction underway since 2009, the house is anticipated for occupancy in late 2010.




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