The Cumberland Street row house rehab was conceived as a showcase for our work. The starting point was an 1880 structure that had seen better days: once surrounded by a thriving textile industry, the neighborhood had slid into disrepair and the building was a blighted drug house for years. Our mission was to restore the house to a modern version of its former glory. The house describes the firm’s design principles as well as our ethic of sustainable building, by using reclaimed and locally sourced materials wherever possible. This includes utilizing reclaimed interior doors throughout the house, Heart Pine flooring from a South Philly factory building, locally milled wood, and slate tile from a PA slate quarry. The cast concrete throughout the house (countertops, windowsills, and sink) feature inlaid glass, stone, and antique tile. Indeed, the home itself is a reclaimed material. Three years later, the change is dramatic: a warm and inviting modernist home, ideal for sustainable living.
Photography by Isaac Turner