Articles tagged with: Italianate

10July

Fit for Kings: More Progress on Kings Highway

 

 

 

If you have not driven, biked, or walked down Kings Highway in awhile, here's a look at the continued progress as the massive renovation takes shape at 401 Kings Highway. This local example of Italianate architecture has undergone a dramatic transformation so far - and there is more in store! It is truly a sight to behold:

(Left: Owners Karen and Guy Buttaro stand on the precipice of renovation!) 

 

 

 

 

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 Windows have been added, the covered porch was reclaimed and new porch is taking shape.

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The full 360-degree renovation has some great weather in store for the next week or so to continue the progress!

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Update: What a difference a day (or two) makes! Just drove by and saw the new porch and chimney are on!

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Stay tuned for more updates! Enjoy the weekend.

Posted in Local News and Information

16February

Fit for Kings: Part III

Progress on Kings

The transformation at 401 Kings Highway is happening! In the last update, homeowners Karen and Guy Buttaro were awaiting another meeting of the Historic Lewes Architectural Review Commission for final approval of their renovation plans.

Fortunately, this time, the plans were approved as presented! You may recall, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its contribution to our town. It is a unique example of Italianate architecture in the Picturesque Movement style.

So, what’s happening now? Exciting updates include some historic discoveries and painstaking extra care:

 

An addition was approved to mirror the existing turn-of-the century addition (now on the left) on the right sideKings8

Restoration of the wraparound porch was approved. In the architectural ‘excavation’ above the porch, they uncovered an original yellow ceiling Kings6

All windows have been/will be restored. They will use all of them and add some additional windows in the back of the house; all windows facing Kings Highway will be originalKings4

Floors throughout the house will be original and where new floor needs to be added, the Buttaros will use wood from the attic (floor boards and beams) to be milled into floors

 

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Work continues on the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, too.

Stay tuned for even more progress throughout the Spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

12September

Fit For Kings: Part II

The second post in a series of updates on the transformation of a Lewes treasure at 401 Kings Highway

The Buttaros continue to make progress - here’s the latest update!

We were thrilled to find out that so many Lewes locals,like all of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, are interested in following along on the transformation on Kings Highway.

Karen and Guy Buttaro recently purchased this property at 401 Kings Highway, which was built in 1871, eventually became a doctor’s office, and then over time, needed significant renovation. 

 

The Buttaros have taken on the challenge and have an amazing vision for this property’s next chapter.

 

Aside from significant clearing of the lot and pulling back ivy and vines, the first step toward the residence restoration has been to work with Brenda Jones Architectural Design. Together, they are discussing plans to take to the Historic Lewes Architectural Review Commission the first week in October. Once they have an approved roadmap, they will embark on even more of the actual renovation.

 

Among the initial restoration steps are:

·         Removing radiators to updates with modern HVAC

·         Taking down windows and shutters to strip and restore

·         Keeping the original staircase and windows

·         Restoring the windows and mouldings

·         Replacing chandeliers

·         Refinishing the floors: the current floors were possibly redone in the 1930’s or 1940’s and may be pine underneath…time will tell!

Included in their renovation ideas:

  • Expanding kitchen and creating a butler’s pantry, keeping many of the original architectural points of interest

  • Making the upstairs more symmetrical and ending with 4 bedrooms, keeping the landing, transom windows, and original stairs to the attic

  • Renovating the front porch to make the Kings Highway entrance the main entrance (there are two main entrances, and when it was a doctor’s office, patients would wait on the side porch for their appointments)

This fascinating property includes so many architectural details, which the Buttaros are keen to keep, including the ornate moulding, detailed window frames, glass switchplates, and so many other wood accents.

Stay tuned to see how the October Architectural Review meeting goes!

 

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Gorgeous ceiling moulding details

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The Buttaros plan to update the windows and keep original trim and mouldings

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Upstairs renovation plans include adding a bathroom

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Original (and steep) attic steps will stay

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Great original doors and transom windows add character

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Glass switchplate detail

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The downstairs is stripped down

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Guy and Brenda discuss renovation plans - kitchen in background

Best wishes, Guy and Karen!