Distinctive louvers wrapped around the entire front facade and one corner of the Mahogany house. Slanted in 30- and 45-degree angles, the louvers give the illusion of motion to passersby. With its poured concrete second floor, walls almost a foot thick, and a foundation and structural members worthy of grand city buildings erected during the 60s and 70s.
The original intent was to tear it down was revised instead to renovate it into a contemporary home bearing no resemblance to its past existence, but without destroying its bones. Part of the house's facade is clad in rough, split-faced black adobe. The walls were stripped of their original brick cladding, leaving behind eight inches of solid concrete, which was re-clad in new cement and adobe.
Nazareno took its old but sturdy bones and breathed new life into them; in turn, the reborn structure has raised the true spirit of the place on which it stands. And that is perhaps the biggest accomplishment neither architect nor homeowner could have predicted.
Layag, Sibyl. "Old Bones, New Spirit." BluPrint. March 2015. 01 February 2019.