Historic City-House Renovation
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PROJECT Historic City-House Renovation
LOCATION Washington, DC, District of Columbia, US
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 1/15/2017
ARCHITECT Donald Lococo Architects
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Carl Petty Associates
PHOTOGRAPHER Gordon Beall
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Donald Lococo, David Moore, Joseph Inzirillo
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Located in the city’s historic district, three disjointed additions added over time are replaced with a single thought that enlarges eating spaces and refines circulation and meets other basic programmatic needs such as storage and powder room.
It the end, the final product is an attempt at a straightforward composition that preserves the 3 bay historic order side to side while maintaining the integrity of the existing from sympathetic addition front to back.
A metal and wood conservatory, sympathetic to the homes of this era, is added as a contrasting but complementary form that delineates original house from addition.
The original three-room-wide center hall plan extends directly to the addition and become conservatory in the same three bay order. This sets up the proportions of the conservatory’s tripartite form.
In the center bay, the front hall, initially stopped abruptly at the main stairway landing. Replacing the stair landing with winders raises stairway so that below it, the main hallway center bay can extend to the conservatory becoming continuous in height and view to gardens.
Original trim and crown contours are re-added back to the home where they were earlier removed.
Adding conservatory doors at the end of the newly opened entry hall and stacking the basement stair under the one above it, clarifies and centralizes circulation to the center bay.
In the basement, Iron beams that coincidence the center hall bearing points are discovered. Exposing painting them continue first floor 3-bay portions and color to the lower level.
A finial on the conservatory roof is focal through the existing rear Palladian window as one ascends to the second-floor hall which matches and aligns with the existing finial over the front door.
At the front, an added brick wall acts as a plinth.
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IMAGE 1 Historic City House 1. Illustrates new addition on existing brick renovation at dusk. Gordon Beall Photography.
IMAGE 2 Historic City House 2. Illustrates new elevated spiral stair with exacted stair details that match existing and views through back addition to garden. Gordon Beall Photography.
IMAGE 3 Historic City House 3. Illustrates opened yet parenthesized spaces that match existing historic. Gordon Beall Photography.
IMAGE 4 Historic City House 4. Illustrates light pulled into house and garden views. Gordon Beall Photography.
IMAGE 5 Historic City House 5. Illustrates new repointed brick, shutters exacted to historic found in garage. New brick wall elevating and providing base for the home. New limestone treads. Jennifer Horn.