Category: Historical Architecture

Historic Renovation in Chapel Hill

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Above: Animation of Chapel Hill Renovation before and after. This 1930s house in Chapel Hill had always been a perfect fit for the homeowners and their child. As the teenage years started to approach however, it was time for a housing shift. Initially, building a new house was considered and our clients purchased a parcel of rural land to pursue that dream. Upon further reflection though, the family decided to Read more…

Historic Rehabilitation Wins a 2016 Griffin Award

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On May 26, Samsel Architects was delighted to receive a 2016 Griffin Award from the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County. The award was given to us for our historic rehabilitation of the W.C. Shuey House on Kimberly Avenue. This home was originally built in 1926 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Samsel Architects helped the new owners of this beautiful Tudor-Revival home Read more…

Samsel Architects Looks Back During Preservation Month

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May is National Preservation Month and 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a program that aimed to preserve and protect America’s historic resources. The history of Samsel Architects begins with preservation and rehabilitation projects, as well as civic leadership promoting preservation. We have a 30+ year history of revitalization projects in Asheville, including urban residences, retail, offices and galleries. One of the first preservation projects Read more…

Timber Frame Barn Raising

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There was an (almost) old-fashioned barn raising in Asheville this summer. Our clients purchased an over 100 year old barn timber frame from Heritage Restorations, who restored, delivered and re-assembled the timber frame on-site. The Samsel Architects team integrated the timber frame into a new home, incorporating nearly every timber as a structural or design feature. Century-old columns, beams, and diagonal braces will give this home an extraordinary, rustic charm. Read more…

Southern Highland Craft Gallery Wins Griffin Award

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On May 15, Samsel Architects received a Griffin Award from the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County for our historic rehabilitation work on the Southern Highland Craft Gallery. The Craft Gallery’s new home is the Biltmore-Oteen Bank building, located in Historic Biltmore Village. After years of neglect, the Biltmore-Oteen Bank was purchased by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and subsequently renovated by Samsel Architects and Heritage Restoration & Construction. Read more…

Giving an Old Barn New Life

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Samsel Architects has the pleasure of designing the retrofit of an old timber-frame barn into a functional, modern home. The homeowners selected an existing barn from Heritage Restorations’ online catalog of historic barns. It is scheduled to be relocated from upstate New York to western North Carolina in early Spring of 2014. The design goal for this home is to maximize modern comfort while honoring and highlighting the original old-barn Read more…