The desire to protect and restore a beloved 1913 former Moose Lodge translated into this adaptive reuse of the 8,000-square-foot brick structure, part of Doylestown's A. Oscar Martin-designed streetscape. The historic renovation and restoration project yielded two luxury flats featuring a bevy of modern touches but each with its own sense and sensibilities.
The unique structural advantages of the second story meant that Ernst Brothers could install a steel I-beam and remove virtually all of the interior walls. This in turn permitted the designers almost unlimited options for the floor plan. The finished 4,000sf design incorporates a living room-dining room, kitchen and eating area, den-study with natural gas and or wood burning fireplace, master suite with bath, two additional bedrooms and 2 ½ baths and laundry room.
This Doylestown flat also features 10.5-foot ceilings and floors of primarily stained white oak. Its many windows draw in abundant natural light and look out to the trees and 125-year-old rooflines of the mostly residential neighborhood.
Most of the building’s windows received modern energy-saving casements that mimicked the original 1913 black iron-framed casements. Here on the upper story, the deep sills of several windows were lowered to a more comfortable height. Curved embrasures that eliminate the sharp edges of each window opening and soften the shadows make the most of the light that pours into the flat.
A massive slab of honed white Calcutta Cielo marble tops the central island and anchors the efficient Bluebell Kitchens design. Custom mahogany cabinetry holds Thermador appliances—including two Perlick wine reserves built into a hand brushed green wall unit. The spacious eating area features white boneyard brick tile, introducing the look of brick with a modern twist.
Extending across the front of the flat is the light-filled living room with its five pairs of south-facing casements and four sidewall windows. The Moose’s old brick fireplace on the north wall received a custom-designed Moravian Tile treatment that softens the original bricks that serve as a mantle. This room has an option for a formal dining area if the new owners choose.
Typical of the care and thought given to the design and materials throughout the flat is the master bath. There, custom bench-built cabinetry topped by a polished Rossa Levanto granite is coupled with a limestone floor that runs into and up the walls of the shower, which incorporates a rainfall shower head, multiple jets and a concealed linear drain. Completing the clean look is the tile baseboard, recessed so it’s flush with the wall above it.
Architect/Designer: Ernst Brothers Designers & Builders
Size: 4,000 sqft
Location: Doylestown, PA
Services: Historic Renovation and Restoration
Completion Date: November 2016