We are pleased to share the news that the National Association of Homebuilders has awarded a Gold “Best in American Living Award” to our “Historic Modern Preservation” design. Announced at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida, this honor recognizes our expansion and preservation of a now-historic International Style residence from 1939.
Our design for this addition reflects the massing and fenestration of the existing house, while it features contrasting siding, milled from reclaimed lumber, and rooftop photovoltaic panels.
The architect of the original structure, Edwin B. Goodell, AIA, was a pioneer of modernism in Massachusetts. Our project team for this renovation included general contractor, King Builders, and Jonathan Keep, Landscape Architect.
The NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in all sectors of residential construction from across the country, based on the principle that great homes start with great design. Wolf Architects’ “Sustainable Urban Villa,” a Silver LEED-certified residence, previously won three Best in American Living Awards, including “Best in Green Remodeling” in 2015.
Gary will lead a session November 9, 2017 at the Boston Society of Architects' ABX, on planning for the future of important modern houses. Three case studies in the seminar will examine the planning and preservation challanges of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s recent restoration of Philip Johnson’s house in Cambridge; the remarkable modernist museum in Lenox, the Frelinghuysen-Morris House and Studio; and an expansive 1940 residence by G. Holmes Perkins, on which Wolf Architects has consulted.
On September 10, The Boston Globe’s “Your Home” Magazine Section explored the theme, “Making Room,” with one of our recent projects featured. The article tells the story of our addition to an early modern house built before World War II. Located on a scenic road within a historic area, the dwelling was built into a hillside site that wouldn’t have been considered buildable before modernism’s embrace of such unconventional natural settings. The architect of the original residence, Edwin B. Goodell, had previously designed one of the first modern houses in New England. His Field Farm, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is operated as a bed and breakfast by the Trustees of Reservations.
Princeton Alumni News’ April 12, 2017 issue includes an article that Gary Wolf FAIA wrote about the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking book, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, by Robert Venturi.
C & C broke decisively from the a-historical trends of mid-century, and developed the principles of a design methodology drawing inspiration from architectural history as well as from context—themes important in Princeton’s influential architectural program when Venturi studied there, and continuing in Gary’s time.
The American Institute of Architects has announced that Wolf Architects' Gary Wolf has been elected to the College of Fellows, an honor for members who have made notable contributions to "the advancement of the profession of architecture," with distinguished bodies of work. Selected by a Jury of Fellows comprising architects from across the country, Gary will be recognized at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia in May.
The now 75-year old Whitney House, an International Style residence by architect Edwin Goodell, was recently featured on the "Middlesex Modern" House Tour, sponsored by Docomomo/New England, the Concord Museum, and the Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln. Wolf Architects recently completed an addition and renovation at the early modern house. Gary also spoke about the project in a case-study session that he led at the Boston Society of Architects’ ABX (Architecture Boston Exposition) on November 18.
Following the conclusion of its 2014 awards programs, the National Association of Home Builders inaugurated its “Best in Green” Awards this year. The awards “recognize high performance and innovative distinction in design and construction,” as demonstrated in sustainable projects selected from among the winners of all five NAHB contests.
Wolf Architects’ Sustainable Urban Villa was one of only seven projects nationwide to be commended as “Best in Green” in the first year of the program. The Villa was the only New England project given an award, and Wolf Architects was the only New England-based design firm awarded, among winners from Washington, California, Colorado, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In recognizing Wolf Architects’ residence, NAHB noted our “thoughtful sustainable design approach.”
Following extensive investigation and research, two phases of construction, and the installation of furnishings and exhibits, the restored Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Lynn, Massachusetts has been recognized with a Preservation Award by the Victorian Society of America/New England Chapter. The Longyear Museum---which has owned and operated the house museum since 2006---and Wolf Architects both received award plaques in a June 30 ceremony at Longyear's Mary Baker Eddy House in Newton.
The same evening, Ellen J. Lipsey, long-time director of the Boston Landmarks Commission, received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Nancy and Tom Hill received an Award for their development of the website BackBayHouses.com.
Gary Wolf, AIA, previously received a VSA/NE Preservation Award for the historic 1843 Hill-Kennard-Ogden House in Brookline, adapted as the home of the Brookline Music School.
Garden Design's latest issue features Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio's (JMMDS) "A Daydream Garden" at the Sustainable Urban Villa. The article touches on the villa and the meditation hut led by Gary Wolf, AIA, as well as the sustainability aspects of the project in both the landscape and the villa. The main focus is on the the tranquil nature of a garden space in such a tight, urban site, and on JMMDS' creation here of a place for reverie.
Design New England features Wolf Architects’ “Woodland Modern” residence in its March/April issue. The article’s subheading announces that “A contemporary house and garden flourish on a tiny urban site,” and the publication showcases both the architecture, led by Gary Wolf, AIA, and the landscape architecture, led by Julie Messervy of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio.
Author Courtney Goodrich explores the ways that the design reflects the owners’ goals and lives, while achieving sustainability and LEED-Silver certification. Photographs by Eric Roth illustrate the article.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded Wolf Architects' client, the Longyear Museum, a $500,000 matching grant for restoration, accessibility and systems upgrades at 400 Beacon Street in Newton. Originally designed in 1880 by Peabody & Stearns, this substantial structure was then renovated and expanded by Chicago architect Solon Beman in 1907-08 for Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the Christian Science Monitor while living here.
Gary Wolf AIA previously designed two rounds of exterior repairs for the museum, and Wolf Architects is currently planning the next phase of work, which will be supported by this Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grant.
The National Association of Home Builders gave Wolf Architects' Sustainable Urban Villa the Platinum Award for best "Green Remodel" at the annual International Builder's Show. The NAHB's Best in American Living Awards recognize projects from across the country. Wolf Architects' project is a LEED Silver certified residence, featuring green roofs, photo-voltaic panels, cladding and flooring milled from reclaimed lumber, a geothermal well, and permeable surfaces on site. G. F. Rhode Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for the project.
Click here to see the NAHB's posting about the Sustainable Urban Villa.
At the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas, the National Association of Home Builder's recognized Wolf Architects' Sustainable Urban Villa as the "North Atlantic Regional Winner," a special category in the Best in American Living Awards. The "Best in Region" winners displayed "exceptional design characteristics that stood out among other winners in their region," according to the NAHB. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, residence emphasizes the natural features of its site, with planters, roof decks, a green wall, and landscaped garden, the design of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. A meditation hut with a green roof is located in the garden. Inside the house, window seats and corner windows offer views into the trees; sliding panels feature leaf cut-outs derived from nearby trees; and a birch-bark column introduces the theme of nature inside.
American School + University magazine's 2014 Architectural Portfolio includes Wolf Architects' buildings at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Portfolio illustrates "Outstanding Designs" for educational institutions. Wolf Architects' projects were included in the "Specialized Facilities" category, given Longy's role as a well-known music conservatory, and the projects' attention to acoustical concerns. Work included introducing lively new practice rooms in the basement of the Rey Waldstein Building and modifications for enhanced acoustics in Pickman Hall, Longy's performance space. Both buildings represented design challenges in terms of Wolf Architects' need to improve and enhance historic structures for use by the conservatory, while simultaneously gaining approval from the Cambridge Historical Commission. The Cambridge Historical Commission recognized Longy's Rey Waldstein Building with a Preservation Award. Both buildings are contributing structures in the Old Cambridge Historic District.
The Giese House in Lincoln, which Wolf Architects renovated and expanded, was one of four houses featured on a tour of "4 Centuries of Architecture," sponsored by the Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln. Our project encompassed an addition, along with new sheds, a patio and numerous small interior modifications. Together, these interventions respected the original Henry Hoover design while enhancing the livability of the house.
Hoover was an early-modern architect who designed Lincoln's first modern house beginning in 1935 (now presented as the Hoover House). He is the subject of a recent documentary and forthcoming book, Breaking Ground: Henry B. Hoover, New England Modern Architect.
After undertaking a conditions assessment for the Belmont Woman's Club's historic William Flagg Homer House, Wolf Architects recently directed the wrapping of the cupola roof by Vealco Restoration, to temporarily secure the deteriorating feature until restoration can be undertaken. The crowning element of the noteworthy 1853 picturesque villa, the octagonal cupola, with its views to the Boston skyline, is exposed to the most severe weather conditions of the steep hillside setting. The Club saved the building from demolition in 1927, acknowledging its historic significance as the home of artist Winslow Homer's uncle and aunt, where Homer often stayed and where he painted and drew domestic scenes early in his career. Wolf Architects is assisting the Club as it pursues the next steps for restoration.
Click here to see an article about the project from July.
Gary Wolf, AIA, principal of Wolf Architects, was invited to participate on the jury for the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects' "Honor Awards" for preservation projects. The program honored projects that advance the practice of historic preservation. Meeting at the office of jury chair Jean Caroon, FAIA, the jury selected four preservation projects for recognition. The winning projects will be on display at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Design 2014: A Retrospective of Winning Work, October 30, 2014-January 4, 2015.
The Lynn Historical Commission honored Longyear Museum's Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in its annual award program on June 3. In a ceremony in Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy's office in Lynn City Hall, the Historical Commission presented its "Significance Award" to Sandra Houston, the president of Longyear Museum. The "Significance Award recognizes the dramatic transformation of this historic house museum, as designed by Wolf Architects. A new entrance pavilion provides universal accessibility to the house. The architects restored both the exterior and the interior of the building, which is a contributing structure in the Diamond National Register Historic District.
Environmental Design and Construction magazine's Excellence in Design Awards program recognized Wolf Architects' Sustainable Urban Villa as the national "First Runner Up" in the residential category. The project was featured in the July, 2014 edition of EDC magazine. The LEED Silver Residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, illustrates the use of exterior cladding milled from reclaimed lumber for this urban site, in contrast to the extensive use of glass that is often featured on "green" projects. The provision of private outdoor decks on both the second and third floors enhances the sense of this house being a retreat in the city.
A current project "on the boards" at Wolf Architects is the extensive renovation of a 1901 residence designed by architect H. Langford Warren. Warren had worked for H. H. Richardson, and was the founder and long-time dean of Harvard's architecture school, as recounted by Maureen Meister's book, Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard's H. Langford Warren. (Warren also figures in her new book, Arts & Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England.)
Besides restoring such distinctive features as leaded glass windows, our renovation introduces new cabinets with leaded-glass doors in a new library on the third floor, along with a new kitchen and new owners' bedroom suite.
We are working closely with r3 construction, inc., of Melrose, the general contractor.
On October 22, Wolf Architects' president Gary Wolf served as the moderator for a panel discussion sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects and Historic New England. The topic was the current exhibition at the BSA Space, "Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles Competition Drawings for Boston City Hall," a major exhibit of 48 original hand drawings from the international design competition and the subsequent design development. Panel participants included City Hall architect Michael McKinnell, FAIA, along with Robert Campbell, FAIA, Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Alex Krieger, FAIA, and Elizabeth Padjen, FAIA.
The architectural drawings on display are from the collections of Historic New England, and HNE's archivist Lorna Condon introduced the evening. Gary was the guest curator for the exhibit.
Wolf Architects' "Sustainable Urban Villa," a LEED Silver residence, was featured in a LEED Showcase event held at Google's Cambridge, Massachusetts, offices, on Tuesday night, September 30th. The Showcase was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project was also included in the New England Real Estate Journal's publication of the showcase. The house illustrates the owner's interest in sustainability and "green" design, and in being able to live in an urban setting near public transportation, shops and restaurants. Wolf Architects' design, combined with the landscape work of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, emphasizes the sense of being in a garden in the city.