Stella Maris

Built in 1902, this home epitomized the colonial shingle-style common to the surrounding neighborhood at the beginning of the 20th century.  In more recent years, the home served as the parish residence for many Christian ministers and their families.  Fondly nicknamed Stella Maris, meaning “The Star of the Sea”, the home was privately purchased last year and delicately renovated.

The renovation focused on restoration of the exterior and giving new life to the interior while being sensitive to the home’s original, classic design.  During the design process, meticulous attention was paid to assure preservation of the home’s historically characteristic details.  Simultaneously, new materials were integrated into the home during construction, boosting energy performance and efficiency.  Foam insulation was added to the roof and wall assemblies, a new high-efficiency boiler was incorporated into the home’s design, lead paint and asbestos was removed, and doors throughout the home were refurbished.  The home’s existing windows were removed and fully repaired, caulked and sealed and reinstalled with the addition of custom exterior storm panels.

On the exterior, the home’s shingles were given a wash of unique, bright color unlike any other in the neighborhood.  Small interior spaces were reimagined to accommodate a brighter, more active lifestyle with frequent gatherings.  The main hall was restored with traditional detailing and bright colors. The kitchen was relocated from the rear to the front of the home to create connectivity between the heart of the home and the front porch with street views.  Upstairs spaces were updated and enlivened to accommodate visiting family members of ranging ages.  A dilapidated reach porch was remodeled into an outside living space with a simple screen system and intricate, historically-sensitive interior detailing was restored.  Overgrown landscaping was cleared to accentuate the home’s appearance to passersby. 

Key Consultants:

  • Contractor: K&S Contracting
  • Interior Design: Cicely Markoff Interior Designs
  • Landscape: Woodburn & Company


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