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Annesdale Drive Residence


Historic Home Renovation


Indian Hill, Ohio



Designed in 1968 by Cincinnati modernist Carl Strauss, the existing residence was a bold series of alternating shed-roofed and flat-roofed masonry masses forming a rhythmic, domestically-scaled linear plan. Sometime after 1986, the previous owners added two inappropriate and awkwardly proportioned “bookends”, obscuring the dwelling’s simple logic and basic integrity. For economy and useful purpose, we adopted a strategy of selective demolition and subsequent restructuring of the volumes, allowing the prevailing spatial logic to re-emerge. Carrying the limits of the expression forward, new detailing – re-enacting the question of the suitability of forms to habits – opens ordinary domestic events to view.

Photography: Corson Hirschfeld

Awards & Publications

  • Honor Award, 2004 AIA Ohio Design Awards

  • Honor Award, 2000 AIA Cincinnati Design Awards

  • Merit Award, 2003 Custom Home Magazine Custom Home Design Awards

  • Grand Award, 2004 Custom Home/Builder Magazines Watermark Awards

  • Builder, April 2004

  • Cincinnati Magazine, November 2000

  • Cincinnati Magazine, July 2014

  • Custom Home, March 2001

  • Custom Home, September/October 2003

  • Residential Architect, October 2001

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