BOASTING SOME OF THE most beautiful and well-maintained bungalows of the late 19th century is Washington's Cleveland Park neighborhood. Its residential streets are distinguished by that most significant Craftsman icon: the front porch. But that certainly wasn't the case with No. 2909.
The front elevation contained clues to the home's original bungalow form. Yet the swooping roof, so characteristic of the period, was terminated at the front by a first-floor enclosure that had almost no penetrations and zero welcome. The house, known affectionately as “the bunker,” needed serious renovation and restoration.
The program, carried out by architect Charles Moore, significantly enlarged the house with a rear addition, reconfigured all the existing interior spaces on two floors, and restored the front of the house with a new front porch. The finished product now fits the neighborhood—and satisfies the family's need for updated systems and rooms that really work.
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