Young at Heart | New England Home Spring 2015
A Brookline, Massachusetts, house looks every bit the grand old nineteenth-century home it once was—until you get to the front door.
At first glance this picturesque Italianate-style house perched atop a knoll in Brookline, Massachusetts, would seem perfectly at home in the nineteenth century. Architects Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, of Boston-based Butz+Klug Architecture, wanted to do their part to help preserve Brookline’s architectural legacy, instead embarking on a lengthy gut renovation, taking out floors, walls, and everything but the shell itself. Unfortunately, when the time came to reattach the inside structure to the outside shell, the latter turned out to be unstable, so they reconstructed the exterior as well. Butz and Klug took great care to mimic the architectural details of the original Victorian-era dwelling, right down to the millwork - Herrick & White was one of several architectural woodworkers to contribute to rebuilding the home's old spirit.