Clues to the home's past were sparse, since much of the house lacked ornamentation. "Houses of the period could be really plain or very ornate, depending on the wealth of the homeowner," says Raymond. "This one wasn't an elegant house when it was built." He pulled together designs based on his knowledge of historic homes in the area.
The dining room's dramatic period- appropriate moldings and wainscoting are mostly new and help make the 8-foot ceiling height appear higher. Carpenters added flatware-storage drawers and a marble top to the furniture-grade radiator cover.