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Riverdale House

Project Type

Traditional Home

Occupancy

2005

Location

Riverdale, the Bronx, NY

Client

confidential
"The restored 150-year-old home is ready to being a new era in the 21st century as it overlooks the scenic Hudson River"
Martha McDonald for Period Homes

Built in 1859 and renovated and expanded by Frederick Clarke Withers in 1881, this historic residence suffered a number of ill-conceived alterations over the years. When new owners purchased the house in 2002, they hired BKSK Architects to restore it to its greatest period, that of Withers. A massive restoration revealed many original elements, which were preserved and incorporated into the new design. Found elements that were too damaged to use were meticulously reproduced. The result is an historic restoration that returns the residence, inside and out, to a High Victorian Gothic style.

Awards:
Palladio Award for Restoration & Renovation

Publications:
“A Diversity of Styles,” Period Homes magazine: September 2010
“Operation Restoration: For the future, a Riverdale Victorian sets its sights on the past,” New York Spaces: January 2008
“Restoring A Historic Villa Became An Exercise In Archeology,” Riverdale Press: April 2005

Collaborators:
Hudsonview Construction – general contractor; Kathy Kessler – interior design; Tri-Power Engineering – mechanical

Photos by Jonathan Wallen