4901 Victor Street

Munger Place neighbors looked on with interest, and then pleasure, as this formerly forlorn house was meticulously transformed over the course of several years. Those who have admired the exterior – the copper gutters, the shaker shingles, the well-crafted fence, and the charming trellis that shades part of the wraparound porch – will be equally taken with the interior.

Although restoration was the mantra of the current owners, the disrepair of the house called for a melding of old and new. The original floors, for example, had been sanded nearly to oblivion; there are now new oak floors downstairs. The floorplan is as built in 1913 (or 1909 – the records are contradictory), but a new bump-out allows for a small bathroom adjacent to the great room. History is evident in the heft of the solid pocket doors, but the nearby fireplace replaced the original, which was on the verge of total collapse. The seamless flow from kitchen to great room is a testament to how arts-and-crafts traditions can be re-shaped to fit a more contemporary style of living.

The “back house” is completely new and served as the owners’ primary residence while the main house was renovated. Inside, mesquite, mahogany, and ironwood elements are juxtaposed with highly efficient clay-plaster composite walls and unique finds reclaimed from New York City’s South Street Seaport Pier.