Although Chase Maggiano and Chris Cormier Maggiano owned a pleasant bungalow in Washington, D.C., good for driving out the pandemic—loads of house, dog-friendly yard, you get the thought—Chase heard the siren name of Zillow throughout lockdown. “We had zero desire to move, but I didn’t want to think about [COVID] anymore,” he says of looking actual property listings for sport. Today, the Chevy Chase, Maryland, home that architect Pierre “Paul” Childs designed for himself and his spouse, Evelyn, is healthier off for that escapist pursuit. Beginning in late 2020, the Maggianos bought and up to date the modernist marvel, which possible would have been torn down in any other case.
The interest turned critical when Chase stumbled upon the cylindrical constructing, which the April 1978 challenge of Architectural Digest referred to as “a graceful tower.” Yet he additionally seen that the Childs residence had been languishing available on the market, particularly by pandemic requirements: “Save for a couple of appliances, everything in the house was original to 1975, and I think people were put off by those needs.” A teardown-minded developer had certainly submitted a suggestion to buy the place. But Evelyn Childs’s brother, who was overseeing the transaction and protecting of his household’s legacy, selected the Maggianos for his or her dedication to stewardship.
Chris’s skilled architect coaching (he now works as a political and philanthropical advisor), ready the couple for the renovation at hand. They had been additionally armed with Childs’s hand-drawn development paperwork, which revealed, for instance, what a vital roof alternative may or couldn’t accommodate structurally. The new householders paid additional consideration to the drawings’ annotations to discern the unique architect’s wishes from his budgetary compromises.
Because Childs devoted a lot of these feedback to reasonably priced surfaces, the Maggianos thought extensively about finishes. “Our goal was to stay as true as we could to Paul’s intentions for each space,” Chase says, noting that he and Chris both honored Childs’s unique sources or deduced the supplies he may need chosen as we speak. They eliminated the acres of wall-to-wall carpet, principally putting in oak as an alternative. While the couple reconfigured the compartmentalized loos to really feel extra commodious, they made positive these areas nonetheless possessed the curved kinds and penny-tile cladding of yesteryear. Outdoor lights now run on a Philips Hue system, which have most lately bathed the curved façade within the colours of the Ukrainian flag.