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Janus Estates 2 - Abitare Design Studio




The Janus Estates project presented an exceptional opportunity to bring the past and the future together with one home rooted in history and the other entirely new construction. The following describes our work on the existing 200+-year-old historical building. The new construction home has its own description pertaining to its unique scope.

Abitare collaborated with the Philadelphia Historical Commission to maintain the historical fabric of the existing 3-story, centuries old, building while proposing 2 additions to expand the residence to a contemporary size. The 4TH story addition sits atop the original cornice and is set back from the façade by utilizing a mansard roof, an architectural feature prevalent in its Old City neighborhood. The adjacent 10-foot-wide 4-story side addition, divided by a visual break, carries over the brick and cornice line. Close collaboration with the Philadelphia Historical Commission continued throughout the construction making this project feasible and the final result stunning.

Though the exterior may date back a few centuries, the interior transformed into a current open floor plan that includes spacious living areas, 3 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 2 half bathrooms as well. The home also has a 2 car garage, a terrace off the kitchen, and a large roof deck complete with a wet bar within the pilot house. The gourmet kitchen features custom Italian cabinetry in neutral white and wood tones with a stone peninsula breakfast bar and pantry with pullout shelves. Complete with high-end appliances, this home’s functionality is just as impressive as its aesthetics.


Philadelphia, PA




Cost: $800,000
Area: 4,000 S.F.


Site Planning
Historical Approvals
Architectural Design
Construction Documentation
Interior Design
Construction Administration