In the historic Druid Hills neighborhood in Atlanta, a structurally unsound Folk Victorian cottage with inappropriate additions was considered the oldest residential building in Druid Hills by the Senior County Planner. Located in the rear yard of a large estate abutting Fernbank Forest, the cottage was completely invisible from the street. The program called for renovating and repurposing the cottage while creating connections to the landscape. The challenge was to thoughtfully renovate the historic cottage while creating harmonious coexistence between distinctive buildings on the site.
The Folk Victorian cottage was returned to its original footprint and converted to a loft studio for work and guests. While meeting the historic preservation requirements of the historic exterior renovation, the interior is completely modern with soaring 25’ ceiling, loft with circular stairs and modern details and furnishings. The black pine tar finish on the weatherboards makes the cottage fade into the neighboring forest remaining distinctive yet complementary to the main house (Juxtaposition).