As in most modest 19th century residences, this Federal style house in Bronxville, New York lacked the openness and functionality suited for contemporary living. The original brick façade was covered with many layers of paint. A mid-century clapboard addition further undermined the style of the original building and was deemed inappropriate.
The architect’s initial impulse was to reveal the antique quality of the façade but not to render the entire building new. He sought to strip the façade and expose the brick in a controlled fashion where some paint was not entirely removed. New traditional hi quality windows were installed. New shutters, paneling and casings further enhanced the window openings. The small windows in the roof dormers were replaced with more generous arches. A new porch with an eye-brow pediment and a copper roof brought the entry forward to align with the annex. The clapboards were replaced with brick veneer to match the original building. New trim, dentals and a captain’s window matched the ones on the original structure as well. A privet hedge was planted in front of the annex to separate the front entry from the playroom inside the annex.
On the interior, the architect moved and enlarged the kitchen to create an open space inclusive of the family room; which overlooked the rear yard. Trimmed openings, casings, and casework were redone in the correct spirit of the epoch.