WALTER BURLEY GRIFFIN CARTER’S HOUSE RENOVATION
We designed two projects on the site of Walter Burley Griffin’s 1909 Carter house: a coach house above the 1930’s 4-car garage, and an interior remodel of kitchen and master bath.
For the coach house, we introduced new dormers to create interior space in the previously unused attic; also a new site wall, symmetrical to the main house, which established a dialogue between the two buildings. The project won an Evanston Preservation and Design Award.
The kitchen was an opportunity to remove the 1980’s work and re-establish the architectural language of the house, though with a more spacious kitchen than in the original house. Quarter sawn oak and concrete countertops establish a material connection to the original house, while the light coves establish spatial continuity. The bath was an opportunity to provide a clean, modern space, using Lyptus cabinetry, black Canadian marble, and stone wall mosaic.