Friedman Residence
Shadyside, PA

The original single family dwelling typified a traditional "foursquare" which began to proliferate in Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods about the time of the Great War. This house was clearly influenced by the American Arts & Crafts Movement, which had preceded the War, but lived on in standard builder homes of the post war era. The original interior casework and trim survived and were readily identifiable from Morgan Woodwork Organization catalogues of that time.

The clients have an extensive collection of original early 20th Century Arts & Crafts furniture and decorative objects, and sought a sensitive treatment for a much needed first floor coat closet, powder room, larger kitchen, and central air-conditioning system which would reinforce the Arts & Crafts character of the original house.

The space of the original kitchen was incorporated into a 300 square foot addition, which included a powder room and coat closet, in addition to the new kitchen and eating area. Related to the original house through the use of similar brick and ceramic roof tile, the addition is subtly distinguished from the original house by its emphatic prairie style. The new brick work was held back from the corner of the original house, with the soffit, fascia, trim and fenestration expressed as simplified versions of the originals.

On the interior the transition form the original to the remodeled space is marked by a change in the direction of the wood floor boards. Further, a change in the ceiling height distinguishes the remodeled and new space while accommodating the ductwork for air-conditioning the first floor. The doors and millwork replicate the originals.

The client, architect, and cabinet maker collaborated extensively to create the kitchen cabinets and casework which evoke the quality, construction techniques, proportions and finish of the original early 20th century Arts & Crafts furniture of the house. The bronze pulls on the cabinet doors ware custom cast from an original antique pull.