Architectural Salvage VI
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Design Works Architecture, Pittsford New York

Design Works Architecture specializes in timber frame structures - resort buildings, grand mountain estates, big giant Craftsman palaces - as well as renovations of similar types of buildings. Given their location in woody upstate New York (just east of Rochester, near the Canada border) this is not surprising; there's a very strong Craftsman influence in the area, with the Roycrofters just down the road in East Aurora.

Principal Charles Smith started the firm just a few years ago, after a history of working with other architects in the New York City area; he started out specializing on the "adaptive re-use of under-utilized structures" and that and his interest in historic renovation paved the way for his current emphasis on the Craftsman style (take a look at the "boat house," a rather unassuming name for a big, beautiful structure, which won an AIA award in 2007). His staff - project managers, architects, interior designers and construction specialists - all seem to be just as dedicated to this site-specific aesthetic, and it really shows in their work.

We've created a Flickr set of images of those projects of theirs that fit most firmly within the Craftsman aesthetic - take a look.