Victorian heritage sets the foundation for minimalist expression in this central Ohio house.
Working in a strict historic district, Arch11 restored the exterior of this nineteenth-century folk Victorian in Granville, Ohio, while transforming the interior to a 21st-century modern minimalist aesthetic. Situated at the entrance of a liberal arts college, this project fulfills a multifunctional role. Serving as a guest house for visiting faculty, it offers a open, public floor plan for large gatherings and fundraising events. The light-infused home maintains the original footprint and building envelope, while a contrasting zinc-clad modern addition visually connects the spaces to the adjacent ravine and allows natural light to permeate and illuminate the home. The main floor, living area, dining space, and kitchen seamlessly blend and integrate with the landscape. The allocation of the remaining spaces, including the primary bedroom, bathroom, wine cellar, office, and media room at the walk-out basement level, enrich the home’s inner sanctum and connection to the site. Walking through the home one experiences the constrast of historic structure with modern intervention. The result is an artful expression of a passage of time.