Cincinnati Preservation Award

By 08/28/2018News

RWA Receives a 2011 Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) Award.

Every year, the CPA’s Preservation Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding accomplishments in local preservation activities in various categories and this year, on November 13, 2011, RWA received 1 of only 2 residential awards handed out in the “Rehabilitation” category.  A CPA award is given to buildings in the Cincinnati area that have been substantially restored or rehabilitated and comply with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation.

The award-winning project involved a whole-house renovation of the 1926 Tudor Revival Style home, “Lilybanks,” in Hyde Park.  Having already undergone many renovations, additions and utility upgrades, it was imperative to the new Owners that all of the remodeling fit seamlessly with the “Tudor Revival Style” of the existing house.  So, with that goal in mind RWA, working alongside the Owners, who felt passionately about maintaining the integrity of the original house, and the construction team, set out to come up with all of the best possible solutions.

These solutions included both big and small design decisions such as painted cabinets with leaded glass, layered crown mouldings, paneled walls, and honed white marble slab countertops in the Kitchen.

Wainscot subway tile, hexagon floor tile and one-piece carrara marble slabs were implemented into Master Bathroom.

Throughout the house, interior doors, hinges and hardware were salvaged and reused.  The original stair was brought back to the basement while cabinets that were not original to the house were removed.  Also, all original leaded glass windows and exterior doors were removed, repaired and refinished.  Certainly posing the biggest challenge, the house was completely rewired, received all new plumbing and a new geothermal HVAC system with virtually no visual impact to the first, second and third floors.

All of these decisions and changes resulted in a home that is ready to move into the future, but is defiantly holding onto it’s past, ensuring it’s character, durability and sustainability.