Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2016

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73 Written by Neil Charles Photography by Andrew Kung Meridian-Kessler residence is exquisitely reimagined A MASTER FUL MAKEOVER Located in Oliver Johnson's Woods, an early settlement in what is now the Meridian-Kessler district of Indianapolis, this issue's home presented specific challenges to its owners and to architect Alex White, associate principal at Rowland Design. Originally constructed in the early years of the twentieth century, this traditional residence had served its purpose for many decades, but with four growing children, busy lifestyles and a love of entertaining, the Lacy family long ago realized that they were rapidly outgrowing the available space. "We moved here with two kids in 2000," explains J.A., who works as president and chief financial officer of Lacy Diversified Industries while Elizabeth is vice president of legal operations and general counsel for Assembly Biosciences, Inc. "e family matured, so we had to decide: Are we going to move? I can't emphasize enough how much we love this area. We wanted to stay, but the house just wasn't adequate." When the decision was finally made to go ahead and expand, the Lacys enlisted White's services, along with builder Rob Bennett of Bly Bennett, Indiana Design Center-based interior designer Alice Stillabower and landscape architect Eric Anderson of A2Design. White brought a strong background in both commercial and residential architecture, as well as years of experience in historical preservation, including a stint with the Indianapolis Historical Commission. "I wasn't necessarily trained as a preservation architect, but it was in my bones," White says. "Elizabeth and J.A. wanted us to identify the significant historical elements of the home, and how to substantially increase the size but retain essential features." For the architect, the primary directive was to create a new master suite, kitchen and office. But, as so often happens, the project snowballed. ese organic evolution of a project as it unfolds requires a serious discussion about the groundwork for collaboration between the architect and the clients. 73

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