For the Residential Rehabilitation of 520 North Person Street, Raleigh
Homeowner Krishna Bahl, Jokisch Construction, Inc., and J. S. Thompson Engineering, Inc. worked closely together to rehabilitate the turn-of-the-century house at 520 North Person Street in Raleigh’s Oakwood Historic District. The structure has gone through many configurations in its 109-year history. The project consisted of returning the dwelling to a single family home after years as a duplex, uncovering and restoring existing features, and the design and execution of new ones.
First, the aluminum siding was removed to reveal the original weatherboard siding, window trim and a decorative gable vent. The newly exposed wood siding was repaired as needed. Rotted fascia and eave details were reconstructed, and the six-over-six window sashes were repaired.
Next, the reconstruction of the front porch was the key to restoring the charm of the facade. While it retained its original spindled frieze, the porch’s hipped roof had been overbuilt with a shed, and the original posts and balustrade were lost. Jokisch Construction restored the shed roofline, installed new chamfered posts and a turned balustrade. Although conjectural, the work was based on examples in the Oakwood Historic District. The porch now has copper roof with built-in gutters.
Finally, the owner built a 675 square-foot two-story addition on the rear of the house. The addition is well integrated with the original house by the use of weatherboard siding, windows and trim details that match the original section. The entire house is now painted a pleasing shade of purple with cream trim that emphasizes the woodwork on the home.
During the course of the rehabilitation Jokisch Construction, Inc. worked on behalf of the homeowner to secure all required approvals from the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission. The quality of the rehabilitation of 520 North Person ensures the property’s future and enhances historic setting of the Oakwood neighborhood.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2010 Anthemion Award to Krishna Bahl; Jokisch Construction Inc.; and Thompson Engineering for the Exterior Residential Rehabilitation of 520 North Person Street, Raleigh.