Columbus, 12/24/2007 - From long-suffering "hidden gem" to award winner — what a metamorphosis! The restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House and its adaptation into a public museum recently earned an AIA Columbus Honor Award. The jury panel commented that the work at the Westcott House represents "an amazing transformation of an existing house back to its origin as particular attention was paid to detail . . ." The Westcott House project also won the People's Choice award.
The Westcott House (1908) is the singular example of Wright’s Prairie Style work in the state of Ohio. Over the years it was carved into apartments and allowed to deteriorate to the point of being unsound. The project team's first challenge was stabilizing the compromised structure. From there they worked to preserve what little existing materials remained or to reproduce missing elements as necessary. Vital new considerations — such as accessibility and a geothermal HVAC system — were sensitively integrated into the house and site. Owned by The Westcott House Foundation and operated as a house museum, the Westcott House once again shines in Springfield. Schooley Caldwell Associates performed this work in association with Chambers, Murphy and Burge, Restoration Architects.
About Schooley CaldwelL ASSOCIATES
Schooley Caldwell Associates is a direct descendent of Sims, Cornelius & Schooley, a partnership founded in February of 1944. In January of 1980, the firm was organized as a professional corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio and in November of 1995, moved to its present location at 300 Marconi Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The current staff has a wide variety of experience in planning, design and construction services, provides a full range of services to the private sector as well as all levels of government clients. Recent work ranges throughout Ohio and the United States, and spans as far afield as Latin America, Europe and Asia.
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