Winning Project, Additions & Renovations
Italianate Revival is marked by spatial improvements and a respect for provenance
Although designated a Greenwich Landmark by the Historical Society of Greenwich, the Elizabeth and Amelia Holly House lost much of its Italianate grace since it was constructed in 1867. When called in to renovate the 8,398-square-foot home, architects McKee Patterson, AIA, and Guy Horvath, AIA, (of Austin Patterson Disston in Southport) took note of myriad unfortunate “remuddling” projects they’d have to address. These included ill-conceived site planning and a series of poor additions (especially the large porte cochere that obscured the front elevation). To meet the needs of the clients, a family with young, active children, the architects set out to remove unnecessary additions and construct desirable ones, all while respecting the integrity of the home’s original design. The porte cochere was removed and the porch refurbished with columns placed in their original position. The garage was moved and renovated so it could be directly accessed by the side drive. They retained the original plan and Italianate details in the formal spaces at the front of the house (fireplaces, porcelain doorknobs, hardware, light fixtures, and some sinks were restored and reused). The dining room was connected with two portals to the formal living room and they installed all new floors of white fumed oak. Period windows are reminiscent of the originals. A brand new addition at the rear houses informal family spaces: the kitchen, breakfast room, family room, open kitchen office, butler’s pantry and sitting room. The architects summed up the project:
“Now well-restored, removed and architecturally integrated [this home] meets the needs of a young, 21st Century family with the charm and vigor of the 19th Century. “ Washburn jurors agreed. They liked “the fact that one cannot tell where old and new come together. It is an Italianate Revival style success. The exterior works; the design was bold in demolition. The interiors are nicely detailed and totally in keeping with the Italianate style,” they said.
Austin Patterson Disston Architects
376 Pequot Ave., Southport