NEA Grant -
ongratulations to E. Eean
Troyer and Wisnia &
Associates! These three
architects were chosen
from a field of professionals who com-
peted for the award of a commission-
funded by the National Endowment for
the Arts to design affordable housing
in September to
pore over a
E. Eean McNaughton consisting of
biographical information, images of
brief essay stat-
ing the archi-
tect's interest in
the project and
chair and OC assistant director Meg
Lousteau says, "We were impressed
by the broad-based interest in the
project. It demonstrates
our area architects
want to put their
talents to use to
Orleans a great
place to live for
residents of all
The architects will have just three
and a half months to develop a
design, gain conceptual architectural
approval from the Architectural
Review Committee of the HDLC, have
the project bid on by a contractor,
1 create a model, and develop con-
struction drawings before the designs
and models are unveiled at the PRC
in January of 2003.
For more information on the architects
and the project, go to www.prcno.org.
When bad things happen to good houses
enovator Matt Ryan has come to the rescue of this enormous home on Magazine St., undoing the "bad
thing" that happened to this "good house." In what was likely a misguided effort to avoid ever having
to paint this large house again, a previous owner had bricked over virtually every inch of its facades.
At the same time, perhaps, its grand sidehall floorplan was reconfigured in order to accommodate the
conversion of the house into a 12-unit apartment building. The lovely front galleries were enclosed,
probably to create more space for the front apartments. So muddled was this house—inside and out—that virtu-
ally the only clue to its original appearance was the half-arch in the parapet (barely visible in the above left
photo). But that element, and the building's shape, were enough to indicate that the house had been "born" as
a grand Italianate mansion, much like the house shown in the photo on the right.
As any Magazine St. regular has probably noticed, Matt and his crack crew, along with project architect
Frank Masson, are busy undoing much of the damage. The bricks have been removed, revealing wood siding
in unexpectedly good condition. Another pleasant surprise was the discovery of one of the original columns,
which will be used as a template to mill new columns. Matt's plan is to convert the building into four apart-
ments, with the ultimate goal of making it into a single residence for himself and his family.
Nominate your favorite 'bad thing" to email@example.com.
16 OCTOBER 2002 PRESERVATION IN PRINT
HAT'S O\ AT OC
1 A regular feature from Meg Lousteau, Operation Comeback assistant director
Come Hell or High Water!
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$2/workshop or $5/series
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Industry pros explain the importance of homeowner's insurance, what builder's risk insurance is and why renovators need it even when
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11:30 a.m. Title Insurance
Lenders require it, but why do they want it? When is an owner's policy desirable in addition to the lender's policy? And if you aren't
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Experts approach the issue of foreclosure from two points of view. First, credit-counseling experts present information about how home-
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