Work In Progress – Historic Home Addition in Brookline, MA


Catalano Architects’ planned project is a small addition to the large existing Federal-Style Colonial Revival home designed by Arthur Little and Herbert Browne and built in 1898. Construction on this historic Brookline home started at the end of May 2013.



The clients have requested a more transitional look for the new interior spaces with an exterior that matches the Federal-style architecture of the existing house. To attain this, we are incorporating cornice and balustrade details from the main structure and a palette of high-quality materials including white painted cedar clapboard siding, copper gutters, and slate roof. The massing of the addition defers to the size of the house in its height and attachments to the existing structure, and it helps define the front courtyard while keeping garage doors out of sight of the street and the existing house.

Floorplan - Catalano Architects
Floorplan – Catalano Architects


The addition will stand in place of the former sun room and will serve the informal day-to-day functions of the home. The ground floor will include a new large kitchen, breakfast and family room (double height space). At the second floor level, the addition will provide a new open deck off the existing master suite. The new space also includes a basement and garage.
A2.1 21123 Elevations _ Layout

Although the existing home does not meet modern energy standards, our firm’s goal is to employ the following green-building strategies in the construction of the addition:

  • Sustainable site development and pollution reduction
  • Water savings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Mindful selection of materials in keeping with the town guidelines


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