Making Old Ideas Better How we can create 21st century living space in a duplex configuration while enjoying the products our past and implementing the lessons learned for our future? We dont really benefit by throwing away old ideas. Unless we evaluate and re-evaluate, we are just making our job harder. There is no greater joy than making the old ideas better!!!
Understanding Historical Context - Built circa 1925 The Patrick Henry Hotel 1314 2nd Street, SW
Craftsmen Style Home Summer 2011 Summer 2011~Spring 2008
A. A set of three original casement windows, with a sill height ofapproximately 4’-6” above the finished floor suggests that the stoopand the door served as a service entrance to a pantry/utility room inthe original home.B. The single original casement visible on the exterior is one of apair of original casements that still exist with one being concealed byearly remodeling.C. This 15 light fixed sash does not match the detailing of theoriginal windows and therefore was probably installed as an enclosureelement on a second floor “sleeping porch” in a later remodeling.D. A 3’-0” x 6’-8” commercial grade flush exterior door, notoriginal, was more recently installed as an emergency egress exit fromthe second floor level during the building’s use as a halfway house.E. A 6-light over 1-light double hung window appears to have beeninstalled at the time of the enclosure of the sleeping porch.F. This is an original sleeping porch column that has been leftexposed through several remodels of the building. The siding on thesecond level, and parts of the first level rear wing, is a fiber reinforcedcementitious material.G. A 3’-0” x 6’-8” 6-panel metal clad exterior door, was morerecently installed as an emergency egress exit from the first floor levelduring the building’s use as a halfway house.H. A 3’-8” x 3’-8” aluminum framed sliding glass window (early1970’s vintage) surrounded aluminum “clapboard” siding encloses anexisting interior stairway.I. An existing 8-light over 8-light double hung window providesday-lighting and ventilation for the basement space below. An adjacent4-panel wood door in excellent condition also appears to be original.J. A 2’-8” x 6’-8” commercial grade hollow metal flush exteriordoor, which is clearly not original was more recently installed as an Some of the original windows in their current locations may be considered foremergency egress exit from the first floor level during the building’suse as a halfway house. A third open treated pine stair was installed on removal, restoration and re-use in alternative during the execution o this project.the exterior.K. Another single original casement visible on the exterior is one ofa pair of original casements that still exist with one being concealed byearly remodeling. A bathroom occupies the existing space on the All three of the dilapidated open treated pine stairs and railings will be removed.interior.
A. The existing carriage house appears tohave been built near the same time as the original structure. It iscurrently serving as a dwelling unit with an exterior egress stair tothe loft level. The current zoning ordinance will not allow this useto continue if the main structure is allowed to contain twodwelling units. Therefore, current economic considerationrequires the Owner to abandon this use in favor of creating twomore desirable dwelling units in the primary structure. For thatreason, at this stage, we will not focus attention on thepreservation of that structure.B. The east wing of the main structure appears to have been anearly modification (or addition) to the original primary structure.This judgment is based upon observation of the existing adjacentstructure at 1316 2nd St., SW which appears to have beenconstructed by the same contractor based upon the same basicplan.C. A uniquely “awkward” enclosure of interior space on thesecond main floor level of the main structure appears to have beenadded to accommodate utility access in the area of an interior stairto the basement.D. An architecturally important feature of the originalstructure is the bay window located in the apparent dining area ofthe original structure. The condition of the casement windowsencourages historic restoration. The installation of “window air-conditioning units” has compromised the architectural integrity ofone of the four casement window units comprising the bay.E. An 8-light over 1-light double hung window providing day-lighting to the basement utility area appears to have been installedas an original “design-sensitive match” on the earliest addition tothe original structure.F. The same is true of this double-hung window noted above.Further noteworthy is the rustication of the stucco finish on thebasement walls of the earliest addition.G. The painted simulated cedar shingle siding that currently ison the second level of the original structure and used withapparent random application on the earliest east wing may or maynot reflect the original application of this material. Regardless ofthat truth, it is doubtful that the original intended finish was apainted color.
A. The six casement windows on this elevation combined withfour casements on the North elevation enclose what was originallyplanned as an exterior front sitting porch. The floor elevation inthis area is slightly below the main floor level and the materialappears to be embossed colored concrete under anindoor/outdoor carpet covering. The embossed concrete was acommonly used treatment during the time this home was built.The casements on the North side of the “Sun Room” have beenboarded up on the interior and one was cut to accommodate awindow air conditioning unit. The corner column is a classic over-sized column typical of the craftsman period. Although themodifications enclosing this space were not a part of the originaldesign, it is an attractive feature, sympathetic to the period, anddelightfully serviceable as a contemporary space. Restoration ofthis area is desirable.B. Also typical of the Craftsman style is the full dormer on thesecond level. The gambrel roof was also used in the Craftsmanstyle but not as frequently as the bungalow style gabled roof. Ihave looked for this home in Sears & Roebuck catalogues of homesfrom this period, as I suspect this may have been a “mail order”home, again reinforced by the presence house next door at 13162nd St. The original roofing material was probably a granular slateasphalt shingle common during that period which provides cluesto original coloration. C. The segmented arch pediment over the front door also wasused extensively in “catalogue” style homes though theconfiguration of the brackets supporting the pediment cannot beconsidered “true” to the Craftsmen style. Some of the “mix andmatch” features start reinforcing the suspicion that this was a“catalogue home,” though that does not reduce its quality orhistoric value. D. The existing metal clad entry door is clearly a much morecontemporary replacement that is in poor condition and needs Granular-surfaced asphalt shingles werereplacement. newly introduced in the early 20th Century.E. The industrial-type pipe railings leading to the front doordistract from the aesthetic appeal of the home. Tab sizes more accurately modeled slate shingles.
A. The front entry location will be preserved and the entrydoor will be replaced . We will address a shortcoming of theoriginal design: as this façade faces almost due west, the entrydoor suffers extreme temperature fluctuations causing rapidmaterial degradation. Further, the front entry lacks protectionfrom rain and therefore renders it less hospitable . We propose toeliminate the “industrial” railing in addition to responding to thedeficiencies noted above.B. The original living room contains architectural detailingakin to the Dutch Colonial styling including stair detailing, a baywindow, and ceiling treatment with simulated beams. The ownerintends to restore and preserve these elements.C. The bay window in the living room space provides desirableday-lighting as well as “openness” to the stair to the upper level.Its location is awkward, aesthetically, in context with the balanceof the room’s interior. Its proximity to the adjacent masonrystructure of the fireplace makes the “minimized” sash lightedpanel s on the right side of the bay difficult to maintain. Thispresents a very unique condition which was originally addressedin a way that encourages preservation as a “unique” historicelement. These side sashes were carefully modified to reduce thewidth of glass within the panes of the sash from a normal of 7 to 8inches down to nearly 1 inch!!! The owner wishes to preserve thiselement of the original building. D. The service entrance previously described on the Southernfaçade is an element of the original construction that will beconsidered for major modification to the original structure. Whenconsidering this location as the major entry to a duplex living unit,nearby access to a stair to the upper level is a primary circulationconsideration. If this were used as an entry the stair to the second E. On half of a pair of high casement windows is currently blocked off from G. An awkward enclosure also noted in the Fifth Installment will be removed iflevel for the 2nd duplex unit would be located in this space. use by either the early addition or plan modification of the East wing. It is possible possible.However, the use of this space for vertical access would greatly that the window was blocked off when a suspected exterior porch area in the Eastimpact the functional use of other interior spaces regarding wing was enclosed. One of the casements still serves to provide light to a small H. The existing kitchen area will be completely remodeled in a stylecompatible spatial relationships as well as plumbing and utility toilet area. These windows may be removed, restored and relocated in our design sympathetic with the historic character of the building.needs. A major modification to the original structure will be proposal. I. The original dining room is one of the most attractive areas in the buildingproposed in this area. and will be restored. F. An apparently enclosed exterior porch area currently houses a service J. The casements in the enclosed sun porch will be restored. stairway to the second level. The space appears to have a high potential for adaptive re-use as a “scissor stair” and entry area for the 2nd duplex unit.