According to Tom Hurt, the architect … or re-architect, of this home, the client’s grandmother purchased this house in the 1940s, renovated it herself into a four-unit apartment building and rented it for the income during difficult economic times.
Cut to the 21st century, and the client asked Tom Hurt to turn the structure into a modern single family home, preserving as much of the old house as possible.
The architect proceeded to recreate the home as one that had adapted to one family over several generations, and revealed as many of the older materials by juxtaposing them with new elements. On the exterior, it was decided that the new slim tower addition appeared ‘stitched’ formally to the old house.
This is what I like about architecture: preserving something old, while making it seem fresh and new.