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SF Historic Renovation

California
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Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Senior Project Manager: Brian Lang
Architectural Staff: Matthew Marsten, Hana Bittner
Interiors: Redmond Aldrich Design
Landscape: Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Builder: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
Photography: Matthew Millman

Originally built in the 1920s, the renovation of this historic Italian Renaissance style home was a delicate balance between preserving its historical character while leaning forward to respond to a more contemporary way of living. To bring the building up to earthquake code, the home had to be taken down to the studs and the foundation reinforced with steel. With San Francisco having strict historic preservation regulations, it was essential to preserve the look and feel of the public facades of the building. Decorative wooden cornices and columns were replaced with custom fiberglass reproductions, recreating the original architectural details. With the addition, we were able to introduce a modern two-story geometric volume that floods the new spaces with natural light and connects to the vibrant garden with the century old Copper Beach tree as a front and center focal point.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Senior Project Manager: Brian Lang
Architectural Staff: Matthew Marsten, Hana Bittner
Interiors: Redmond Aldrich Design
Landscape: Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Builder: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders
Photography: Matthew Millman

Originally built in the 1920s, the renovation of this historic Italian Renaissance style home was a delicate balance between preserving its historical character while leaning forward to respond to a more contemporary way of living. To bring the building up to earthquake code, the home had to be taken down to the studs and the foundation reinforced with steel. With San Francisco having strict historic preservation regulations, it was essential to preserve the look and feel of the public facades of the building. Decorative wooden cornices and columns were replaced with custom fiberglass reproductions, recreating the original architectural details. With the addition, we were able to introduce a modern two-story geometric volume that floods the new spaces with natural light and connects to the vibrant garden with the century old Copper Beach tree as a front and center focal point.

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"We ended up drawing inspiration from the historic London townhomes where you see the modernist interventions in contrast to the historic architecture, and it’s clear what's what."
- Brooks Walker, Principal, WWA
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“The beech tree was key in this project. The clients wanted to be near it, preserve it, and feature it. We did everything possible to get the family literally close to the tree and under its canopy during their daily life.”
- Scott R. Lewis, Principal, Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
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