Jane Griswold Radocchia

Architect / Historian

 

 

18th c.

19th c.

Early 20th c.

Barns

Garages

Contemporary


 

Architecture

18th c.

 

 

18th century Georgian houses are common in New England.


Yet each one is precious:
owners understand that they are stewards, caretakers.

I am often asked to help the house work better today, gently inserting modern amenities.


Frequently that means quiet upgrading or adding a wing that does not compete with the house.

 

 

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Haverhill Street

 

This 1711 house was well cared for. Now it was time to tackle its rear wings. Both had been built badly 100+ years ago, cut up, and poorly maintained.


They were demolished.


What replaced them needed to be secondary, almost invisible: the traditional ‘little house’ and ‘back house’ attached to the barn.


We added an entry, a mud room with closets, a family room, bedrooms and baths, including a master bath connected to the master bedroom in the main house, a stair with head room and width, and a porch for rocking chairs.

 

Before picture of the back wings

 

 

After


 




 

Berry Street

 

A beloved First Period house had marginal kitchen, bedroom, bath, and family spaces.

The wing to the right needed to be 2 floors above a walk-out basement and subservient to the original house.

 

 

c. 1710

 

 

 




 

Pearl Street.

 

Built in 1790, this house needed repair as well as a new wing for garage and guest spaces. An old shed poorly attached to the house in the 1950’s barely worked as a family room.


The request list included a 3 season entry porch and easy access to gardening equipment.


I was asked to recreate the original front entrance from a vintage photograph. I explained that the fan light should be painted black – to create the circle which encompasses the front door and sidelights. The owners are not inclined.

 

My Blog documents the design of the front entrance.

 

 

Before

c. 1710

 

 

After

 

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