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additive reconstruction

A historic house in Cape Cod was brought down and rebuilt to match its original form and detail, but with modern construction means and according to modern building codes.

The house had grown immensly throughout its life, so that the product that we were looking at was actually an accumulation of many changes. It is this active process of additions, subtractions, cares, and abuses from its former inhabitors - rather than a style - that renders a historic structure valuable.

This is an Imai Keller Moore project. It is one of the first built architecture projects Ioana ever worked on. The most difficult aspect of the process was finding ways to rebuild the house so that it look the same, but meet modern building codes. The structure, for example, was much flimsier than allowed by modern codes. It was thus tricky to match the proportions and details of the new building to the old one. Particular code and construction attention was also required by the complicated, corbelling, double-sided, central chimney.

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LOCATION
Great Island, West Yarmouth (Cape Cod), MA

CLIENT
Private

WORK/CREDITS
Imai Keller (now Imai Keller Moore), Watertown, MA

Project Architect:
Randall Imai

Architectural Team:
Christine Dunn & Ioana Urma

Photography:
Elton-Pope Lance

DATE
1995-1996