Project ArchiTX: House 124

titleCandid Rogers Architect's House 124 launches Texas Society of Architects' newest blog series Project ArchiTX. The series highlights the outstanding architectural projects in Texas, as well as projects designed by Texas architects and designers. House 124 seemlessly fuses old world and contemporary urban style in a Victorian cottage in San Antonio. 

Project House 124, San Antonio
Client Jack and Liza Lewis
Architect Candid Rogers Architect
Photographer Dror Baldinger

The residence at 124 Devine Street is a wood-framed Victorian cottage estimated to be built in the early 1900s. The original size of the three-room shiplap wood house was a little more than 600 sf. At unknown dates (est. 1940–1970’s), multiple additions were added to the rear to serve as additional bedrooms and bathrooms.

The design called for removal of the latter additions and restoration of the historic wood cottage using original materials. A new, 900-sf addition, which includes a new kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and porch, was added at the rear. The new addition is set back from the existing residence and connects sensitively while maintaining the gable roof form and scale of the original house.

Situated near downtown in the Lavaca neighborhood, House 124 seeks to reflect the change in the city's fabric as urban living begins to take hold in central San Antonio. The project was designed in response to a family’s desire to downsize to a second home from a much larger home. Many sustainable features were included, such as: recycled wood, spray foam insulation, efficient tank less hot water system, passive cooling with proper window orientation, and shading.

Space is organized in two efficient volumes centered on a southeast courtyard, which provides shade from the harsh western sun and captures south east breezes. The project develops a relationship between interior and exterior spaces with respect to the historic structure while allowing for a contemporary response to modern lifestyles. 

Exisiting and new rooms, including the open-concept kitchen, seemlessly blend together through a consistency in craft, architectural language, and appropriateness of scale.

Reclaimed wood from the existing cottage clads the renovated interior of the home, adding an element of warmth and history.

Interior spaces embrace outdoor living through a series of courtyards adorned with porches and overhangs that fuse Texas venacular and modern lifestyle.

House 124 floor plan – drawing by Candid Rogers

"Project ArchiTX" is a column on the Texas Society of Architects blog that highlights outstanding architectural projects in Texas, as well as projects designed by Texas architects. The series combines an architectural narrative written by the architect with a photographic essay illustrating the features and techniques demonstrated in the design process. Is there a project you'd like to see featured in "Project ArchiTX"? Email communications@texasarchitects.org to let us know.