The design is one of three projects worldwide to be recognized for the award this year and is published in the February issue. Founded in 1891, Architectural Record is a monthly periodical that is widely acknowledged as the leading source for excellence in architecture and design news for professionals. Only 100 projects are selected globally and featured each year.
Owners Alex and Sandra Jane Heard desired to update and restore their 1875 Victorian home in historic Perrysburg, since previous additions and non-integral interior renovations led to awkward floor plan circulation, spatial quality, and detailing. The new cohesive design adaptation was selected by Architectural Record for recognition as a positive illustration of renovation with a modern expression. The design is influenced by the elegance and proportion of the tall Victorian windows, employing soft light in a layered progression of pure interior spaces renewed as a canvas for artwork and a serene backdrop for family life.
For the Heard Residence, purity of materiality and proportion speak to the design. The multi-dimensional sculptures, by owner and artist Sandra Jane Heard, feature prominently on the white walls. Both the architecture and the art share an expression of metaphoric and material dualities; in the architecture through the coexistence of the meticulously restored plaster and woodwork, complementing and contrasting the new finishes of floor to ceiling Corian solid surface and velour glass panels.
MacPherson Architects / 2MA, Toledo, OH, is a professional practice founded by Kate B. MacPherson AIA and D. Scot MacPherson AIA. The firm is committed to creativity, exploration, and professional achievement in Architecture, Planning, and its related disciplines. Kate (Bentley) received her BFA degree in design from University of Michigan in 1978. She and Scot received MARCH degrees in 1981 from Washington University Sam Fox School of Architecture, practiced for 20 years in Boston, and have resided since 2001 in Perrysburg.
Kate MacPherson AIA, Principal Project Architect, and Jaimie Deye AIA, Project Manager, for MacPherson Architects /2MA in Toledo, state “This is an example where creativity and inspiration is supported by a fundamental vision as well as local resources that enable a project like this to become fulfilled.”