When a pair of New Yorkers—a however life photographer and a humanitarian aid employee at the U.N.—were looking for a area to decompress in nature, they stumbled on an unlikely contender: an previous iron foundry named the Clover Hill Foundry, original crafted in the early 1890s.
Tucked on a hill in Somers, New York, the series of interconnected properties ended up designed to provide as component of an iron mine, but for reasons that continue being somewhat of a thriller, they have been closed and abandoned not lengthy after—”possibly,” in accordance to architect Ravi Raj—”due to a larger sized fraud procedure.” The structures fell into disrepair (and, according to the Somer Historic Culture, the mine shaft became a regional most loved swimming hole) until eventually the 1940s, when a trio of artists transformed the properties into separate residences, keeping—fortunately—many of the original information intact.
Fast ahead to the 21st century: The New York couple was taken by the spareness of the house and the way the windows framed sights of the surrounding trees. To update the foundry for contemporary lifestyle, the duo enlisted a close friend, Brooklyn-based architect Ravi Raj, who had worked with Adjaye Associates before starting his personal studio.
With treatment, Ravi preserved the foundry’s authentic brick partitions and picket beams, hewed to a stripped-again palette, then rearranged a few essential areas and extra a “modern volume” suspended inside the soaring room. Sign up for us for a seem.
Photography by Nick Glimenakis, courtesy of Ravi Raj Architect, besides exactly where pointed out.
It is maybe worth noting, specified that there are two wooden-burning stoves in this residence, that cast iron stoves are incredibly substantially a part of New York record: The towns of Albany and Troy, additional upstate, were once two of the most prolific producers of these stoves in the globe. Read far more about that history—and the in some cases elaborate designs—via the Albany Institute of Historical past & Art.
For additional on the undertaking and “before” shots—some courting again as significantly as the switch of the century—head to @clover_hill_foundry on Instagram.
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