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'30s Art Moderne House Wows After Sparkling Renovation

In the quiet Ontario town of Westdale, a Canadian couple set out to revive a worn, water-damaged 1939 Art Moderne house and the results are stunning. Just profiled on Dwell, the project involved not only local firms DPAI Architecture and Toms + McNally Design, but also "open houses" where neighbors could provide input. After all, with a distinctively Art Moderne curvy facade, this isn't your average suburban house.

On the exterior, the old moldy stucco was redone over an "Exterior Insulation and Finishing System) from Dryvit. Inside, walls were removed to create a more open living space, while original details like the plasterwork on the ceiling and marble fireplace were preserved. In the kitchen, the owners brought in their robin egg blue vintage appliances from Elmira Stove Works, defying seemingly ubiquitous stainless steel and all-white schemes. Perhaps the most dramatic change, though, is the glassy second-story addition, which mirrors the curves of the original building and creates airy rooms upstairs. Full story and gallery this way.

A Couple Rescues and Expands a Neglected 1939 Art Moderne Stunner - See more at: [Dwell]