Former Home of Kermit Love, creator of Big Bird

Former home of Kermit Love, creator of Big Bird (New Home)

We love Greek Revival style buildings.  Sometimes we add on to Greek Revival homes, and we also design them from the ground up.  We often take liberties with details and proportions like carpenter architects did with the originals.  Above is a home we designed for (the late) Kermit Love, the creator of Big Bird, and his partner.  Kermit was in his 80s when we began this project.  Among other interests, Kermit was an avid gardener.  He had asked us to make the first floor handicapped accessible, as well as the path to the garden, just outside the home.  Only Kermit would choose this color green for the exterior (and we love it).

Rear of Home

Rear of Home

Rhinebeck Home

Rhinebeck Home

We designed a new home in Rhinebeck, New York after their original Greek Revival burned to the ground.  They did not want a carbon copy of the original, but did want a home that recreated the spirit of the one that burned.  They were very happy with the results, and I have been told that many visitors swear that their new home has always been there.

Addition at Night

Addition at Night

Adding onto an old home is a great opportunity to create complementary spaces that bring an antique home into the 21st century.  If done well, the addition respects and enhances the original home.  We always feel free to bring the interiors up to date.

Greek Revival Addition Interior

Greek Revival Addition Interior

Pool Pavilion

Pool Pavilion

Greek Revival details and proportions can be applied to many types of structures, including a simple pool pavilion.  We love to work in this extraordinary language, no matter how large or small the project.

View From Pavilion

View From Pavilion

Photos by Rob Karosis

 

 

 

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa August 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous! I love Greek Revival ❤️

  2. James Crisp August 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Thanks!

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