1790 Transformation

This historic jewel in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria, was part of a three-house row constructed as a new development in 1790. The original house had already been expanded over the centuries to include a gracious living room in front, and a kitchen facing the garden in the back. It was apparent, however, that it would benefit further from a larger dining room, updated and brighter kitchen, larger windows for better illumination and street-to-garden views, a primary bathroom suite, and overall refurbishment.

The original 9”-12” heart pine plank floors and the existing plaster walls were retained, as well as significant areas with original painted wood casings and trim. A thoughtful addition, respectfully incorporated into the back of the house within Historic and Zoning guidelines, as well as re-building of offset floor levels to create higher ceiling heights, made this property more spacious and comfortable. A graceful new arched opening connected the front living room with the dining room and kitchen.

The addition includes the sunlit kitchen and large bath on the main and second level, a newly added powder room on the main level, an expanded primary bedroom and a guest room on the second main level, and a refurbished attic study/bedroom on the top level of the house.

The transformation turned this charming but weathered historic property into a sought-after home on one of the most beautiful streets in Old Town, a block and a half from King Street and the city’s vibrant waterfront.

Photography: Anice Hoachlander

Contractor: Thorsen Construction