Houston, TX – September 12, 2011 – The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Texas Chapter has awarded the Byrd Residence a 2011 John Staub Honor 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.
As a designer, educator and author, Christine Franck is one of Classicism’s most compelling proponents.
By Nancy A. Ruhling
“Classical architecture is not a style,” says Christine G. H. Franck. “Rather, it is a tradition of thought, a tradition of place-making.” That the award-winning New York City designer makes this statement in the present tense is no accident. “Classicism views the past as useful to the present,” she says. “In this view, the best knowledge of how to do things is conserved and transmitted from the past to the present, rather than creating new things for the sake of the new.”
Franck stands atop Chadsworth Cottage during construction.