Sophisticated Living - Sept/Oct 2011

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Hearkening History

The thoughtful renovation of an important riverfront home

A conundrum often faced by historic home enthusiasts is how to preserve the historic integrity of their residence while making it conducive to standards of living in contemporary times. Such was the task for interior designer Brian Gibson of DIGS, who partnered with the owners of an important early 1800s riverfront home for a major renovation endeavor.

Now all but obscured from street view by a canopy of deciduous trees, including a majestic elm purported to be more than 100  years old, the façade of the estate-sized home constructed in the Federal style with Gothic and Greek Revival touches boasts a recessed two-story front porch defined by slender columns with Ionic capitals on the first floor and Corinthian capitals on the second; stone-trimmed, rose-colored brickwork; recessed windows with arched lintels and Georgian tracery; a Greek Revival wing with side-galleries; silver Masonic stars in stone panels; and a Grecian side entrance porch.

Working in collaboration with the homeowners and Architects+, the team was thrilled to uncover historically significant clues to the home's original condition, namely Tudor-arched passages between the entrance hall and east parlor and an 1830's black-and-gold painted elliptical glass front transom. Continue Reading »