A Victorian past sets the foundation in which a minimalist present takes form in this central Ohio house.
Arch11 restored the exterior of this nineteenth-century folk Victorian in Granville, Ohio and transformed the interior to a 21st century modern minimalist aesthetic. The project borders the entrance to a local liberal arts college, serves as a guest house for visiting faculty and provides an open, public floor plan for large gatherings and fundraising events. The light-infused home largely maintains the original footprint and building envelope, and inverts the original introverted Victorian plan at the public level to connect with the tree canopy of the adjacent ravine. The renewed main floor spaces—living, dining and kitchen—gracefully interweave together and with the landscape. Even the finely executed minimalist kitchen and aerie-like metal and glass box addition feel like purposeful insertions of art. The distribution of the remaining program of master bedroom and bath on the second level and wine cellar, office and media room at the walk-out basement level further defines the home’s inner sanctum and connection to the site.
The master suite discards the Victorian notion of separation of function. The bath is inserted as “furniture” directly into the bedroom suite questioning the notion of privacy.
Arch11 provided full-service design for the home including architecture, interior design and furniture selection.