Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: A Midcentury Revival

This example of mid-century modern design by architect Roland Roessner is sited around a splendid Iive oak tree in the heart of Austin. Together with Clayton Korte Architects and contractors Burnish and Plumb, Ashby Collective’s Michele Lorenz had a mission to bring the domicile into the 21st century while upholding the timeless architectural nuances of 1956, when the abode was constructed.

For this undertaking, the interior design squad headed by Michele Lorenz aimed to safeguard, salvage, and repurpose as many of the local materials as feasible while contemporizing the house. They meticulously integrated contemporary elements without compromising the enduring architectural intricacies that delineated the house.

One of Michele’s cherished facets of this project was the opportunity to delve into case study homes from the 1950s. The squad scrupulously sought out materials that could seamlessly merge with the original ones. For instance, when expanding the house’s square footage, they went to considerable lengths to procure brick that impeccably matched the original, a demanding task that they triumphantly accomplished. Throughout the project, there were numerous analogous scenarios where the squad had to procure materials that appeared as though they could have existed since the 1950s.

Photos by Clay Grier