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How a Preservation-Minded Architect Respects the Past While Designing For the Present

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Brooklyn's Brent Buck talks to Curbed

Photo from Brent's Renovation Diary
Devon Banks

Curbed readers may remember architect Brent Buck from our Renovation Diary, which chronicled the process of transforming his own Brooklyn brownstone from a dilapidated shell into a modern home. As someone who often works with historic houses, Buck walks a fine line, paying homage to houses' pasts while not going so far as to become beholden to outdated modes of living.

That is the subject of this week's episode of Curbed's podcast The Appeal, in which we sit down with Buck, get into his philosophy about preservation-minded renovations, and hear about his approach when he presents his plans to New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has to approve all changes to buildings in historic districts.

"Preservation is about investment," Buck says. "A lot of these houses have had de-investment for the past fifty to a hundred years and you're having people with a different means or preference come in and invest, say, restore the ironwork, which is going to cost a small fortune."

So tune in if you're into preservation, Instagram, and/or hearing about the coolest things that Buck has found inside the walls of a house he's renovating.

Renovation Diary [Curbed]

Buck Projects [Official]

Brent Buck [Instagram]

The Curbed Appeal [iTunes]