Principals of Pelli Clarke Pelli Choose Chadsworth


Restoration of Architects’ Home
By Principals at
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
New Haven, CT


*Designers of the world’s most recognizable buildings


From the World Financial Center in New York to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, Pelli Clarke Pelli has had the great fortune to design many prestigious projects.  Our portfolio includes retail and mixed-use projects, academic buildings, libraries, museums, research centers, residences and master plans, and we have served private clients, businesses, institutions and government agencies.  Our work has received critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award, the highest honor for an architectural practice.  In 1995, the American Institute of Architects awarded Cesar Pelli the Gold Medal, its highest honor for an individual.  In 2004, the firm was given the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Petronas Towers.


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.


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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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Ben Page of Page | Duke Landscape Architects Chooses Chadsworth Columns

Ben Page of Page | Duke Landscape Architects & his wife, Libby Page, chose Chadsworth Columns when renovating the back of their historical home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ben & Libby Page | Chadsworth Columns

Ben & Libby Page’s residential renovation. | Nashville, TN

These columns are Authentic Replication Wood Columns.
UPPER LEVEL:  Plain, round, tapered columns with Greek Erechtheum capitals & Ionic (Attic) base moldings / plinths.  LOWER LEVEL:  Plain, square, tapered columns with Tuscan capitals and Tuscan base moldings / plinths.

Ben & Libby Page | Nashville, TN - Chadsworth Columns

Authentic Replication Wood Columns by Chadsworth Columns

Ben & Libby Page | Superpositioning of Columns - Chadsworth Columns

Superpositioned columns. | Nashville, TN

Ben Page is a founding partner of Page | Duke Landscape Architects – one of the premier firms in the United States today.  Libby Page is a highly esteemed events planner.  Please check out their great web site:
The above project correctly superimposed (stacked) the columns.
Superimposed:  Utilizing the Orders of Architecture to define the stories of a Classical façade, through the stacking of columns in a hierarchical order.  For larger façades, or when using only two orders – it is important to implement the primitive, simple Orders (Tuscan & Doric) on the bottom level, with the more decorative Orders (Ionic, Corinthian & Composite) on the upper level(s).  Correctly superimposing columns reduces the load-bearing weight upon the stacked columns, and the façade will be more aesthetically pleasing, as well as architecturally correct.
A good rule to follow is the example of the Renaissance influence, which makes the top diameter of the lower column order equal to the bottom diameter of the upper column order.  For Example:  if the bottom column diameter is 12″ tapering to a 10″ top diameter, the column sitting on top of it should have a 10″ bottom diameter tapering to an 8″ top diameter.
5.) Composite Order
4.) Corinthian Order
3.) Ionic Order
2.) Doric Order
1.) Tuscan Order

Superpositioned Columns | Chadsworth Columns

Correctly superimposing columns will help bear the weight of the structure as a whole.

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