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Old Spring Tavern Remodeling
Madison, Wisconsin

For most of the latter half of the 1800's, the old Spring Tavern on Madison's west side was a favorite resting place for area farmers traveling into town to trade. It is named for the spring that flows past its foundations. It has long since become a private residence, one which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the spring still flows into a nearby creek, and the current owners are making careful, historically-sensitive improvements to the interior and exterior.

Above: View of the home before remodeling began.

We remodeled the former kitchen wing, for years used as a garage with very inappropriately designed doors, back into a kitchen. This required some very careful cutting and fitting to avoid damage to the remaining original walls. New custom-made windows and doors closely match the originals; the restoration contractors even fired custom bricks to match the old ones.

Our design for an addition — a garage above a family room, linked with an underground tunnel that is concealed under landscaped, cascading stone terraces — stands away from the historic structure. The addition uses stone and wood in historically consistent ways, but the design deliberately does not pretend to strict authenticity.

Above: View of the addition.