Earlier this year, Mr. B gave this place a bit of a whooping for what he thought was an out-of-scale addition (though plenty of readers disagreed with us). If only we'd known how the addition helped reinvent this State Street townhouse into a green haven courtesy of Tesoro Architects and Ryan Enschede Studio. More from Ryan below. Got a green project you want to publish? Send us a note.
The owners needed to replace the worn-out interior of their home damaged by previous renovations, and to expand for a growing family. We worked hard to create a new “green” house within a historic shell. We started by preserving the original façade: stoop, window, and door openings have been left as they were. The cornice, which was crumbling and unable to be repaired, has been rebuilt nearly as it was. Above the cornice line the new floor extends the structure upwards behind a new mansard roof-with-dormers.