Hanover, NH

This brick home was designed by Dartmouth College architect, Jens Frederick Larson, and constructed in 1926 as his private residence, but fell into neglect in recent years. JRLA transformed the property through careful design that respects the site’s formal historic “bones” while introducing a contemporary aesthetic and function compatible with the current owner’s lifestyle. A granite plinth wall and stairway provides a base for the architecture and embraces a small brick kitchen terrace, a bluestone entertainment terrace, and a stone fountain. Additional landscape improvements include a meandering grass path through a grove of rhododendrons, enkianthus, fringetree, summersweet, magnolia, and lilacs, terminating at a secret garden terrace; a circular reflecting pool; a clipped arborvitae hedge at the periphery; and the preservation of a stately elm.