Character Restored

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    Anice Hoachlander

    This circa 1907 Queen Anne sits on a prominent corner in the Chevy Chase Village historic district just north of Washington, D.C. In “modernizing” the home, prior owners has replaced double-hung windows with single panes, removed the porch, covered the home in aluminum siding, and paved over much of the rear yard. Using historical records and photographs, architect David Jones restored the home to its original state with modern sensibilities.

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    The architects recreated the generous overhanging red slate roof and a prominent wraparound porch fronting two streets.

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    Inside, the prior owner had closed off the front door with a makeshift vestibule. Jones removed this to restore the large reception room with its central stair and Palladian window.

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    Jones added new fireplace mantels and anew openings to the living room to further improve the entry space. A geothermal heating nad cooling system and new insulation throughout the home unobtrusively modernize the restoration.

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    The new open kitchen has easy access to a family room and mudroom and includes a quarter sawn white oak floor, custom cabinets, and Wolf and Subzero appliances.

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    In the rear, a breakfast area is backed by an “infill porch” that sits between the kitchen and a new wing.

 

Priorities

  • Restore the circa 1907 Queen Anne that had been “modernized” by covering its wood siding with aluminum, removing the porch, and closing off the front entry with a makeshift vestibule

  • Replace the divided-lite upper sashes of double-hung windows with single panes

Solutions

Using old photos and historical research, the architect worked with the clients to restore the home to its original state, which included an asymmetrical façade, an overhanging red slate roof, a prominent wraparound porch, and a large reception area with a central stair and Palladian window. The 21st-century touch: geothermal heating and cooling and new insulation.

Judges’ comments

“It’s an incredibly successful restoration … in which … everything was done classically correct with simple, clean lines that are sympathetic to the historical proportions and elements that define a Queen Anne. The house retains its original character down to the finest of details.”

Products Used

Cabinets: custom

Flooring: rift and quarter-sawn white oak

Interior doors:Tru-Stile

Oven/range:Wolf

Refrigerator:Sub-Zero

Windows: custom; Loewen (in addition)

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Washington, DC.