On the site of what was once a commercial garage, architect and sculptor Mark Merer conceptualized a home that would blend in seamlessly with the unique landscape. Sitting happily between a Georgian Grade II listed structure, and a residential building that saw past lives as both a silk mill and a bacon factory, the home boldly innovates while respecting history.
When designer Joel Contreras decided to renovate his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District, he wanted to respectfully preserve the building’s past while also incorporating his love for contemporary architecture. Jonah Busick of Foundry12 happened to live in the same neighborhood, so Contreras hired the architect to help him reach that vision. Busick refreshed the house’s east-facing façade by painting the trim a bold black that echoes the steel addition at the rear.
When residents Ethan and Heidi Whitehill purchased their 1960s Janssen Place duplex in Kansas City, they knew about the extra considerations that would need to go into converting it into a single-family home. The architects at local firm Kem Studio were up to the challenge and viewed the project as an opportunity to spark a larger conversation about redesigning a modern home in a historic district. Because it was the first of the newer structures to be renovated, the Whitehills' house faced extra scrutiny. "The Landmarks association and neighbors viewed this as a precedent-setting project and raised passionate questions about what was considered to be appropriate and respectful of the historic homes, the neighborhood, and reflecting 2012," states the studio.
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.
After nine years spent renting apartments in Boston and Chicago, Dan and Dana Zuckerman moved to Boise, Idaho, Dan’s hometown. Drawn by the prospect of purchasing a historic home where they could raise their three kids, the couple forewent the allure of a turnkey house in favor of a 1910 American foursquare that needed some TLC. With the help of Portland, Oregon–based architects Heidi Beebe and Doug Skidmore, they created an updated addition—consisting of a master suite upstairs and kitchen, pantry, powder room, and covered patio downstairs—that’s perfectly integrated with the original house and vibrantly modern at the same time.