Neoclassic Fairmount Estate
Overview: This majestic 1890 Greek revival home needed a full renovation to retain its period identity yet modernize it for the lifestyle of a growing young family and.
Challenge: The home’s functionality required full-scale upgrading at the same time that the house needed to retain its intrinsic historic appeal and maintain its alignment with the historic character of its Fairmount neighborhood.
Solution: We added a new kitchen and designed a mudroom and porch adjacent to it to accommodate the daily family traffic. The side porch also became a closed space that connected the kitchen with the mudroom. The open kitchen, family room and expansive full, open porch were designed to overlook a revitalized rear yard with a pool and patio. This area was previously paved and detracted from the grace of the house as well as afforded only scant privacy—an issue now corrected by the new yard. A four-stop elevator took the family up to the master suite which took the attic from unfinished to beautiful new space. All new period windows and a new slate roof created historic authenticity. We tore down an unattractive carriage house built on the massive driveway and replaced it with a three-car garage. Beautiful landscaping was the finishing touch that enhanced the home’s period majesty.