Penn Valley, PA

Extensive alterations to this old stone house have created a more open plan for modern living and entertaining. Situated on a beautiful wooded lot, this house, which was originally designed by architect Walter Durham, immediately appealed to its current owners. The traditional layout of rooms and compartmentalized servants’ quarters, however, did not fit today’s lifestyle. A large, eat-in kitchen was designed by consolidating three previously separate rooms on the first floor. A mudroom entry and stair connecting to a new raised family room were carved out of the former maids’ wing. Detailing, executed in the Walter Durham style, integrates the new work seamlessly with the original construction.

This project has been featured by the Lower Merion Conservancy in a Tour of Historic Township Houses and a Tour of Walter Durham Houses.