Honoring Historic Details to Bring a Landmark into the 21st Century

How the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge “Best Remodel” winner brought form and function back to a failing city landmark. Westborough, Massachusetts is a classic New England town, home to a quaint city center that had one unfortunate problem—a Town Hall building that was inefficient, underutilized and inaccessible. At the time of the renovation in 2016, less than 40 percent…

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Historic School Gets New Lease on Life

A former Catholic elementary school is reborn as luxury condos in a Philadelphia suburb. Built in 1925, The St. Margaret School in Narberth, PA had outgrown its original purpose and was in need of a refresh that could give new life to the historical building. After seeing potential in this beautifully crafted gothic building, Moser Construction…

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A Risky Remodel Yields Big Returns

“In some ways,” said Scott Payne, principal of Farmer + Payne Architects, “this home was never meant to be remodeled.” Payne was referring to the monolithic Kawneer commercial storefront system used to frame many of the home’s original windows. Although state-of-the art at the time of the home’s completion in the 1960s, the heavy aluminum…

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Capturing the Nordic Light

Expansive windows celebrate natural light in a northern climate Scandinavian design is everywhere. You likely encounter this popular style throughout the course of the day, perhaps unknowingly. So what is it that makes this design so popular? It’s the simple, modern elements that elegantly combine fit and function. One stunning home in particular, based in…

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A Mini-Home With Mega-Views

At times, the success of a small space project can depend too much on its utilitarian features, resourceful though they might be. When an artist asked architect Elizabeth Herrmann to build a house that was beautiful, compact, and energy efficient—all on a tight budget—Herrmann took it as an opportunity to elevate the conversation around tiny homes. The…

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