Award of Excellence
A Residential Design Award of Excellence is given for the restoration of the Schwann House and Studio, completed in 1947 by Walter Bogner, who played a key role in bringing Modern architecture stateside and shaping New England's midcentury architectural landscape. Commissioned by William Schwann, renowned musician and publisher of the Schwann Catalog, the property was incorporated into the Lincoln, MA historic district in 2022. The Schwann House epitomizes Bogner's architectural brilliance, blending simplicity and functionality, with large windows blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. A notable feature is Bogner's innovative window frame profile, central to the restoration's focus, reflecting his commitment to form and function. The layout, characterized by a stone fireplace and captivating sculptural elements, creates an inviting ambiance for live music and refined living. The restoration aimed to return the house to its 1948 state while preserving the original floor plan, millwork, hardware, and fixtures, and introducing subtle modernizations. Key changes include added bathrooms and improved connectivity between spaces for enhanced livability without compromising the original design. Bogner’s original color palette was painstakingly revived, drawing inspiration from nature and the site's organic hues.
“They covered all the bases in this careful restoration, from foundation and structural issues to windows, colors, and finishes. ‘Retention’ ruled, as it should have.”
Jon and Matt Andersen-Miller
Andersen Miller Design