A renovation and modern addition = good historic preservation. More of a subtraction than an addition, this design intervention included the demolition of a two-story appendage from the 1970’s which compromised the integrity of the historic Federal style house. Sited on a hillside overlooking the picturesque agrarian landscape of the Virginia Piedmont, the 1833 Boxwood Hill offered much in the way of charm but lacked in modern amenities. Housed in a new linear steel and glass pavilion, a master suite and open living/dining area provides ample space and expansive valley views while at the same time offering a cozy retreat into masonry confines of the historic kitchen hearth. The Owner, a professional photographer who grew up in a Bauhaus residence, has adapted easily to the Virginia vernacular and remains quite at home in this study in contrasts.

Interiors by Petra Barth