Photos by Marcus Gleysteen, Richard Mandelkorn
Built in the late 1840s of red sandstone as a governor’s residence, the house was an established way station on the Underground Railroad. The exterior is a unique mix of Greek and Gothic revival details, from four classical pediments to narrow quatrefoil columns. The scope consisted of removing an unsuccessful renovation and restoring the magnificence and grandeur of the original house while updating it for contemporary life. Project challenges included supporting an existing fifty-foot masonry chimney above the new open kitchen and detailing new exterior stone work to match exactly what had been done 150 years before. The first floor contains a formal foyer, three-story rotunda, formal living room, dining room, library and stair hall along with a new kitchen and informal dining room connecting to a separate family room. The second floor contains the master suite, including a sitting room and four additional bedrooms. The third floor contains a media room and exercise suite.