The remodel of an 1890 building creates modern living and gallery spaces while maintaining the historical exterior
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The remodel of an 1890 building creates modern living and gallery spaces while maintaining the historical exterior

THIS STRAPPING BRICK landmark is absolutely, unquestionably not an unfortunate haircut. But … should you happen to consider the cranial dichotomy that is the mullet — “business up front, party in the back” — the element of extreme contrast is somewhat similar. This strapping brick landmark pulls it off so much better. From the outside, the notable two-story building anchoring a corner of charming downtown La Conner looks, we’re guessing, a lot like it did when it was built in 1890, as the Nevada Bar. Then, later, a pool hall. And post office. And, more recently, a book store, and a shoe store. That is the honorable business of historic preservation. Inside, however, Bruce Bradburn and Meg Holgate live and work amid a continual, contemporary celebration of light, artwork and inspired design: in their 1,200-square-foot residence on the second floor, and in the gallery/studio space below. That is the triumphant business of architect David Hall, of STUDIOEDISON , who brilliantly has balanced both spaces, and feelings, through an extensive interior rejuvenation. “We really couldn’t change anything on the outside; they’re very restrictive about punching holes and changing anything,” he says. “The upstairs could be changed, and the downstairs had […]

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