Recently Completed Work  - The Inn at Swarthmore.  SJTA was hired by Swarthmore College in 2012 as design consultant to assist Cope Linder, the architect of record, with the exterior appearance and massing of the Town Center West.   SJTA modified the building to resemble an historic road house with a series of support functions added to the rear of the house over time.  At the suggestion of the College, the style of the Inn was based on the work of the English architect C.F.A. Voysey.  Voysey's country house designs often incorporated broad sweeping roof lines, taunt rendered skins and vertically proportioned openings.  The construction of Voysey's houses also reflected the use of the modern materials of the day.  This provided a strong guide in how to translate the design into the strict budget constraints of the moment.  Located next to the Swarthmore train station, at the intersection of town and gown, the new Inn creates an iconographic meeting place for residents, students, faculty and visitors alike.   
 Approach from the train station to the bookstore entry and terrace.  The College athletic fields are visible beyond either side of the Inn.  The wonderful canopy of London Plain trees was carefully pruned, protected and nurtured by my old friend Hal Rosner, Arborist, LLC during the construction of the Inn by W.S. Cumby.
 A view of the port-cochere entry to the Inn from the parking area to the west.  The heavy timber construction and wood decking create a warm textured, porch-like entry to the Inn and its support facilities.  An adjacent enclosed garden with cedar fencing and plantings tended by the arboretum staff, creates a space for outside receptions in the garden and frames the view to the campus and Scott Arboretum to the northwest from the main lobby of the Inn.   
  House in Horsham  - Restoration and additions to a 100 year old farm house on a 40-acre property.  The addition drew inspiration from the 'Wyck House' in Germantown, near the owner's childhood home.  The scope of work included a new living room and porch, master bedroom suite and expanded and renewed the kitchen area with a mudroom entry from the barn.  A caretakers residence and recording studio were added to the barn. The millwork finishes were based on interpretations of the original house.  The Owner's design sensibilities, period furnishings and artwork complemented the expanded residence with grace and beauty.  Completed 1990.
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 Photos by Tom Bernard
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  House in Whitemarsh  - A new 4,500 SF residence and garage built adjacent to a golf course and an existing stone house and barn.  The design reflected the influence of early 20th century residential design work in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy favored by the Owners.  Subsequent additions were designed by SJTA to convert the garage to a family room and pool changing area, with a guest room suite above and a new carriage shed garage and stone entry court. Completed 1995.
 Photos by Tom Bernard
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  House in West Mt. Airy  - A 'Weavers Cottage' built in the mid 19th century, this house has undergone much transformation from its modest beginnings as a tenant house for a local Cresheim Creek mill company.  A long, narrow house organized as a series of rooms 'enfilade', with bay windows to the southwest, has a generous deep yard with herb garden and pergola.  The house has undergone a series of restoration projects since 1990 for a family that enjoys access to the Wissahickon Park, a nearby rail line into town and a vibrant, historical and inclusive city neighborhood.  
  Interior Millwork Alterations:   The beauty of working with craftsmen like Ben Brown and Hank Conklin is that your sketches need only to convey the intent, without any extraneous information.  This is especially true of renovation work in an old house with few, if any parallel planes.  
  Interiors:   A long, light filled home with a mixture of period and modern furnishings and artwork that reflect the Owner's eclectic tastes and casual life style.  
  More to come?   A modest, classical vestibule sketch of changes considered for the side entry, yet to happen.  Note the classic plan/section/elevation organization of the sketch, with a human figure for scale, the fundamental drawing tools of the architect.
  Development Sketch Design in Chestnut Hill :  A preliminary sketch idea for a developer, not realized.  An example of the kind of traditional handmade presentation drawings from my early days, that I still enjoy making today - An example of the Architect's craft. 
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