DESIGN TEAM: Christopher Strom, AIA
PROJECT TYPE: Remodel/Addition
Driving Directions: From W 36th St, drive north on Hennepin Ave (0.5 mi). Left onto W 32nd St. Right onto James Ave (0.5 mi). Right onto Lake of the Isles Pkwy E. Home is on the right.
A 1915 Tudor revival designed by Franklin Ellerbe for Professor Everett Ward Olmsted, the historic home had plenty of space but it was organized in a way that did not maximize the potential for gathering large groups together. Through three modern additions to the attic, basement, and kitchen, Christopher Strom Architects designed updated spaces that were significantly improved to be more proportional with the overall size of the home.
Upstairs, a third floor attic became a media and game room with views to the lake, with a restructured roof to allow for new dormers and high-performance insulation. In the kitchen, design cues from a turn-of-the-century chemistry lab inspired creativity in the details and materials utilized in the space. And in the lower level, an unused basement became an expansive English pub, featuring rift-sawn oak paneling supporting a drink rail and bar top.