My latest post for DC Urban Turf went up today — one of my favorites to date, which features the home of Dr. Gary Mintz, who lives in a converted bank. Here is the before and after:
You can see the full story behind the evolution of this house on Urban Turf (linked above), but I wanted to post some additional pictures here from my visit to Gary last week on a bright, sunny afternoon.
The best story about these gardens is that Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architects, who designed them, occupies the former headquarters of The City Bank. Gary’s house was a branch office.
Moving inside, you can see the strikingly modern interiors, designed by Philadelphia architect Michael Hauptman and built by Glass Construction, a local firm that specializes in historic restoration. I have fond memories of writing a story for Washington Spaces about Tom Glass’s 18th-century farmhouse in Flint Hill, Va.
“The Shakers were the original modernists,” Gary says. “It kind of pulls the house together — it feels like the house is a whole” with the cabinetry by The Kennebec Company in Bath, Maine.
Gary’s house received heaps of press and praise for years after the renovation was finished in 1994. It was featured in Architectural Digest twice, Metropolitan Home, The Washington Times, and HGTV, to name a few. But I was most impressed with the fact that his house still seems new and fresh after 16 years. Nothing at all looks dated.
“I just wanted it done right,” he says. I think he got what he was asking for.