Iconic Architectural Preservation

Historic Home Restoration of a George Maher original

This historic home restoration project was as educational as it was important. This home was originally constructed in the early 1900s. It is a historically significant structure that was designed by a well-respected architect of the Prairie School, George Maher.

According to architectural historian H. Allen Brooks, the influence of George Maher on the Midwest “was profound and prolonged and, in its time, was certainly as great as was [Frank Lloyd] Wright’s. Compared with the conventional architecture of the day, his work showed considerable freedom and originality, and his interiors were notable for their open and flowing…space.”

We were chosen for our experience with historic preservation by a client equally as sensitive to this beautiful opportunity to preserve the past in Kenilworth. At every turn, we honored the original architecture. We meticulously replicated leaded glass windows borrowing on designs from the George Maher archive. A major interior staircase was created. Some of the original carpeting was even preserved.

New Foundation for Extensive Historic Home Restoration

In order to dig a new basement that could support a large rear addition, we were first tasked with shoring up the original structure. This was a delicate job but eventually yielded the basis for a beautiful walnut kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio, a new family room, primary bedroom and bath, guest bedroom, and a third-floor kids bedroom and play area. The lower level now includes a wine cellar, exercise room, and an Art room that was converted into an area for sports equipment.

This historic home restoration emanates its original grandeur with the loving, mindful attention of its current caretakers.

Brooks, H. Allen (1972). The Prairie School – Frank Lloyd Wright and his Midwest Contemporaries. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. p. 330.

Architect: Steve Munson

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From the Homeowner

"What impressed us most was your ability to problem-solve and your fast access to resources that made this process airtight but also friendly at the same time. Everything was taken to the next level and we feel so lucky."

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