For Residential Rehabilitation of the Israel Friedlander House, 523 E Lane Street, Raleigh
Sitting proudly on East Lane Street near downtown Raleigh, the Israel Friedlander House, once deteriorated and unlivable, has been restored to life. With its unique Craftsman-styled windows (two rows of three smaller panes with a third row of larger panes, forming a rare 9 over 1 pattern) and a large unsupported span across the front porch, the house was built and occupied by Israel and Tillie Friedlander in 1919. Izzie, a Jewish immigrant, was Secretary-Treasurer of Raleigh’s Kline and Lazarus Department Store.
Sometime after 1973, the house was transformed into multiple apartments. By the time Terry and Mary Iverson purchased the home in 2010, it was in a state of total disrepair. Overshadowing its many significant, character defining features – exterior brick, original windows and doors, high ceilings, archetypical layout of the main rooms, hardwood and parquet floors as well as coal burning fireplaces – was termite damage, water damage, invasive tree roots, leaks conspicuously repaired with duct tape and an oil tank buried in the backyard!
Undeterred, the Iverson’s began a comprehensive rehabilitation. Termite damage was removed; new beams and floor-joists were installed and reinforced. Windows were disassembled then rehung with new weights, re-glazed, and returned to like-new condition. Doors were repaired and rebuilt. Original openings were restored, closing up entries that had been added during the home’s time as an apartment building. Parquet floors that had been severely water damaged were restored with missing components salvaged and matched, returning the floors to original condition. Crown moldings, baseboards and all wooden trim were restored. Based on early photographs the stairwell and interior layout were returned to their original configurations.
Through the retention and reuse of existing materials, the use of local craftsmen, and the addition of two gardens to the property, the Israel Friedlander House is a shining example of how good stewardship and intentional sustainability can transform a home and a neighborhood.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2012 Anthemion Award to the Terry and Mary Iverson; Meg McLaurin, AIA; Aaron Oaks, Brunswick Custom Kitchens, and Eutimio Patricio for the residential rehabilitation of the Israel Friedlander House, 523 E Lane Street, Raleigh.