Allen Road

Wellesley, MA

To reimagine this 1928 brick Georgian residence—which many architects might have seen as a teardown—a new home was essentially built around the bones of the original. The existing house became the central element of the expanded version, with three new wings added, each designed to echo the 1920s aesthetic.

The carriage-house wing holds three cars and a second-floor study, a rear wing hosts an open kitchen and family room, and another addition has a mudroom and side entrance. Set back and scaled down to maintain the 1928 building’s primacy, all are clad in brick that matches the original.

Inside, the reimagined reception hall welcomes guests with a fireplace, integrated from a former den, and both existing and added spaces now open to a terrace and the lawn beyond. Today, the new seamlessly meshes with the old, so the home looks like it’s of the past even as it lives in the present.