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Byrd Residence Wins ICAA Staub Award

Longtime INTBAU supporter Christine G.H. Franck and Hull Homes have been awarded the ICAA John Staub Honour Award for the restoration of the Byrd Residence in Fort Worth, Texas. What follows is the press release which includes further information on the project, the collaborators, and the award.

   Front elevation of the Byrd Residence following restoration. Image courtesy Christine G.H. Franck.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Texas Chapter has awarded the Byrd Residence a 2011 John Staub Honour Award in Restoration and/or Renovation.  Fort Worth homebuilder and master-craftsman Brent Hull of The Brent Hull Companies collaborated with Virginia-based design firm Christine G. H. Franck, Inc. to restore this historic home to its original charm.

Built in 1938 in Fort Worth’s Colonial Addition neighborhood, this once-graceful Colonial Revival style home was insensitively renovated in the 1990s. Modern additions of incorrectly proportioned columns, heavy-cast stone trim, and stripping of the original whitewashing and shutters all compromised the home’s original grace.

In 2009 an extensive renovation and addition returned the house to its former beauty and updated it for modern living. Sensitive façade renovations included replacing ungainly columns and cast stone trim, re-whitewashing brick, and replacing dark green shutters. An addition to the rear of the house expanded both indoor and outdoor living space without unduly increasing the size of the house visible from the street.

The subtlest of changes greatly impacted the appearance of this home. In their work together on this renovation, Hull and Franck demonstrate how principles of classical architecture such as proportion and scale, so often misunderstood in today’s typical McMansions, should work together harmoniously.

Brent Hull is a builder of fine residences, master-craftsman, author, and nationally recognised expert on historic millwork and moulding design.  Christine G. H. Franck is a designer, educator, and author specializing in classical architecture and traditional American domestic architecture.

This and other outstanding works will be recognised at the Staub Awards Celebration at the Bayou Club on 15 October 2011.  Contact Catherine Love for further information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In 2011, the Texas Chapter of the ICAA launched the inaugural John Staub Awards program for designers and craftspeople based in Texas. These awards honour projects that demonstrate excellence and sensitivity to classical and vernacular traditions and have, in turn, contributed to the legacy of John Staub in Texas.

For project information contact:
Brent Hull, President, The Brent Hull Companies
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Christine G. H. Franck, President, Christine G. H. Franck, Inc.
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