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Stunning renovation of an American Foursquare house in New York

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NewYork-based architecture firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects renovated this American Foursquare house built in 1906. The property is set in Park Hill, a neighborhood in southwestern Yonkers, New York. The residence was most likely built from plans in a house pattern book of the period. Set high above the street, this home features stone retaining walls supporting planted garden terraces. The stucco house has original wood weight-and-chain windows with operable shutters and a clay tile roof.

The architects were responsible for renovating the house to highlight its period charm, with new landscaping, bluestone walks, new wooden porch columns and rails, new interior beams and trim, a new fireplace mantel and tile surround, a new dining-room buffet and picture window, and a 1930’s-style kitchen suggesting an earlier renovation. The interior rooms are all painted in Farrow and Ball paint. The architect’s collection of furnishings and artwork has an architectural theme to complement the refined interior details.

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What We Love: This beautiful American Foursquare house boasts traditional styling that is warm and inviting for family living. Period architecture adds to the overall welcoming aesthetic, along with a spacious front porch that beckons on inside. A soothing color scheme on the interiors creates a bright and airy feel, from sunny yellows to blues and greens on the walls. The outdoor living spaces are just as delightful, with cozy furnishings surrounded by lush greenery, ideal for relaxing and entertaining.

Tell Us: What are your favorite design features in this home? Anything you would change in the design? Please let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Photos: Francis Dzikowski

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Victor Seaman

There is little question that this is a lovely home. However, it is not an American Four Square. The central hall is the giveaway. There are no central halls in AFS homes.

Red Dot

Loved the garden, and the tile on the fireplace is beautiful. However, the valances in the living room are too much. For my taste, I would prefer all of the window treatments to be less fussy. Let the eye rest a little. There is just too much stuff in this house.