No. 211 . 29 September 2004 
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North Carolina AIA Awards 2004

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From a restored two-century-old house to a 21st-century health sciences training facility, a diverse collection of projects has been cited in this year's awards program of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The projects reflect the special character of a state that boasts a world-class scientific environment in Research Triangle Park within a historic setting that continues to revere its pre-Civil War culture.

One of the four projects receiving an honor award is the restoration by Harris Architects of Fort Hill (1802), in Clemson, South Carolina. This national historic landmark was the plantation home of John C. Calhoun, a prominent statesman of the early 19th century. The Greek Revival-style house is now a museum on the campus of Clemson University.

The first phase of the restoration involved lead abatement and repairs; the second phase restored historic finishes. A major challenge of the project was to balance the installation of new building systems with the client's desire to restore the building to its 1827-1850 appearance. Modern heating and cooling systems were hidden in the basement and attic, with distribution hardware concealed in the wood structure.

Determining the historic finishes from that period was a research task complicated by layers of 12 subsequent additions and alterations. The final work achieves an authenticity through the hard work of historic paint analysis and the reproduction of wallpapers based on fragments.

Fast-forward 150 years to a very different kind of restoration. Another honor award recipient was born of the remains of a 1950s-era house in Raleigh that had been destroyed by fire,. The owners wanted a contemporary house built on the surviving foundation. The Raleigh firm of ARCHITEKTUR devised a solution that would give them an airy expansion of the space they had before, while respecting the older "ranch-style" character of the neighborhood.   >>>

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