WHO CHOOSES CHADSWORTH COLUMNS FOR THEIR OWN HOME?
Restoration of Architects’ Home
By Principals at
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
New Haven, CT
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For the past six years, two principals at PCPA have been doing a painstaking and loving restoration of their New Haven home, culminating in significant exterior work executed during the past year. Chadsworth made a significant contribution to that effort.
Photos courtesy of: Robert Narracci | Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
Moritz Spier House
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Year Built: 1895
Architects: Brown & Von Beren
Style: Georgian Revival
Consulting with Chadsworth, the architects chose a Scamozzi column capital, which was nearly an exact replica of the severely damaged originals at the main entrance. Like much of the house, which had been neglected for many decades, the original capitals ultimately proved to be held together by 115 years of paint. The capitals are a key feature of a strongly symmetrical façade, and the architects were grateful to remain true to the original design intent. Brown & Von Beren Architects were very active in New Haven, and this house represents a late and rare example of very strict Georgian revival done in the East Rock neighborhood. The original house owner, Moritz Spier, was a warm-hearted coal merchant known to have carried the accounts of hundreds of families through the many economic downturns of that period. The house had few owners, and its highly detailed interior woodwork has thankfully remained unpainted. Because of its large foyer and wide open central staircase, the geometry of the house helped it survive a trend of partitioning large houses into Yale graduate student apartments. The current owners are pleased to bring this grand structure back to life.
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