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Victorian Townhouse Why do you love this project? Sometimes a project is smooth and easily progresses from start to finish. Such was this historic Victorian townhouse in Boston’s South End. Architecturally representing all that is beautifully preserved in this Charles Bulfinch-designed neighborhood, the bones for this narrow building need only be articulated with bow-fronted floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and beautiful Beaux-Arts moldings. With well-conceived, colorful spaces on three narrow floors, together we made use of every square inch, creating both public and private rooms for three generations. What historic architecture influenced this project? The townhouse’s interiors spoke to a time of elegance and architectural detail long gone by. Wherever possible these ele-

ments needed to step forward. Doors and moldings were preserved and highlighted in glossy white, while window treatments allowed the contours and details of the windows to sing. We desired, nonetheless, a modern sensibility which we achieved in a bright palette against neutral gray walls, lightly finished floors, transitional lighting, and smaller-scaled, colorful furnishings and accents. What do the clients appreciate about this project? In relocating, creating the essence of home often means incorporating treasured pieces and antiques in a new setting. The goal was to offer an updated, accessible interpretation of this family’s personal history in rooms that carried their own sense of history. This we achieved in living color.

Tradition, Refreshed


Ann Henderson Interiors 99 Main Street Keene, NH 03431 603-357-7680

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