Short Hills, NJ
Stewart Hartshorn, the inventor of the spring roller shade created the planned community of Short Hills. Hartshorn House No. 29 was built in 1880. Over time, a side addition was constructed in the 1920’s and another rear addition in the 1990’s. The rear addition consisted of a breakfast room/conservatory and family room. The stylistically unsympathetic and leaking conservatory was removed and replaced within the same foundation footprint. We were excited to work on a house of this era, especially as one of the original houses in Short Hills. Approved by the Millburn Historic Preservation Commission and completed in 2022, the addition was designed to be respectful in the language and materials of the existing house with the stone masonry, brick window surrounds, brick base, brick cornice, and slate roof. The existing interior was dark and the details were not appropriate. We designed the new masonry fireplace with similar exterior masonry features to bring the outside in. New window muntins were inspired by the original house. New ceiling and wall finishes with additional beams add texture. Board ceiling with natural finishes and linen white wainscot brightens the room.