Archive for the ‘Restorations’ Category

E. Arthur Davenport House Restoration

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Davenport House is an early Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style design built in 1901. The street facade and roof form were significantly altered and an original front terrace removed in 1931. The interior has undergone modest changes with each new owner, yet the original fabric of the interior is intact, covered by layers of new finishes. Harding Partners is restoring the house with maximum fidelity to the original 1901 design and to receive a LEED Silver rating. The original facade condition and roof are being reconstructed, including a front terrace off the living room and prairie style landscaping, to achieve the essential Frank Lloyd Wright quality of melding the interior and exterior space. The interior woodwork, cabinetry and sand-textured plaster are being restored to the original finish materials and color scheme. The kitchen and bathroom are being gutted and renovated to visually fit the period and the house, while functioning as contemporary rooms. The furnishings will be reproductions of Wright-designed pieces and custom area rugs patterned to echo the geometric art glass windows, creating a characteristically integrated whole.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The project included the renovation and addition to the 100-year-old St. Paul Lutheran Church. A new foyer, fellowship hall, kitchen, choir room, Sunday school classrooms, ladies aid room, and teen room were added to support worship and outreach ministries. Harding Partners integrated the addition seamlessly into the existing church building. At the outset of design, Harding Partners met with the engineering consultants to identify cost effective strategies to maximize the client’s budget. Modular, residential heating and air conditioning units were utilized for economy. Wood framing was selected as the structural system for the addition due to the local abundance of Amish carpenters. Wood trusses, mircolam beams, and wood truss joists were used throughout. The cost-effective solutions allowed the project to meet the project budget and provided additional functionality that members of the congregation were ecstatic about.