This Villa, in a Chinese-inspired style, was originally built as a two-unit dwelling and later converted to a funeral home. A major renovation and addition of a pagoda like master bedroom pavilion has created a grand single family home. The renovation included cutting out a vertical slice of the house to bring daylight flooding into the interior. The garage was converted to a cathedral ceilinged eat-in kitchen. The two home offices include the husband’s “man cave.”
Built in 1899 as a school house, this local landmark was used as a sail loft by Downes Curtis and his brother Albert for sixty years. It was restored for use as a custom home in 2006 as a Maryland Historic Tax Credit project. Although major structural repairs and new mechanical and electrical systems were required, all of the original historic fabric was retained.
Recipient of the annual Heritage Award from the Historical Society of Talbot County, the American Institute of Architects DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources & the Washingtonian Award for Distinctive Residential Design
Awards: Historic Resources Merit Award - AIA DC Chapter
This beautiful Italianate house needed major cosmetic surgery, including a nose job, for a retail addition in front and removal of multiple residential additions at the rear. The exterior of the original house was restored and a compatible addition added at the back. The completed house features contemporary interiors with vaulted ceilings, extravagant bathrooms, and upper level decks overlooking downtown and the Cape May ferry. The ground floor includes a new garage and retail shop space.
Awards: 2012 New Construction Award - Lewes Historical Society
Now the centerpiece of the Oak Creek golf course community, the 1820 Bowieville Mansion has undergone a museum quality restoration. The rehabilitation turned a badly damaged, abandoned historic property into a living landmark in pristine condition. The construction work included restoration of both the exterior and historic interior spaces, and insertion of all new MEP systems.
The project was awarded federal, state and county historic tax credits, through the architect’s assistance. All work met or exceeded all criteria from state and county agencies, the National Park Service, as well as exceeding the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Though neglect, water damage and vandalism caused severe deterioration, there were enough remnants of the original historic fabric, such as the widow’s walk, porch columns, original stucco, doors, windows, and trim, to guide the restoration. The spatial structure for all primary spaces was maintained, even where the use changed.
The property is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historic significance.
Received The Prince George’s County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award for the ‘Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration of the Bowieville Mansion’ & American Institute of Architects DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources
2007 Historic Resources Merit Award - AIA DC Chapter
2006 Award for Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration - PG County Historical Society St. George's Day Award