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Before and After: A Charmer in Charlottesville

I recently read about architect Madison Spencer's renovation of his own 1950s Charlottesville, Virginia home (known as Rabbit Run), which was featured in the April issue of Southern Accents, on Style Court. I was bowled over by the drastic change, which took advantage of existing features like tall windows and Chippendale accents, but made changes inspired by Thomas Jefferson's designs for the University of Virginia (Spencer's alma mater). The renovated building is impressive and elegant, rather than gauche and unremarkable, as it was before. To see the after,


A successful makeover, wasn't it? I'd call that a Coveted Crib!

Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Oh wow... I'm jealous! I really like the rear after.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i liked the before more
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Wow it looks amazing. I had to look twice just to make sure the back was the same house.
ChrissyBaby ChrissyBaby 9 years
Lovely. Charlottesville is such a cute college town.
AmandaG AmandaG 9 years
It's hard to believe it is the same house.
theavalanches theavalanches 9 years
i can't put my finger on how painting the exterior of the house white improved it so much. it's great to personalise a house on the outside too, i wish i saw more of these on casa sugar! :)
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh wow!!! Gorgeous!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
that is seriously impressive!
KAEB06 KAEB06 9 years
katedavis katedavis 9 years
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
"Rabbit Run," as in the Updike novel? What a random name for a house! Impressive transformation, though.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Looks great but I don't understand why you wouldn't just buy a house closer to your style instead of renovating another one. Wouldn't it cost more to do this anyway?
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
That is truly gorgeous.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
That's amazing!
sugaNspice24 sugaNspice24 9 years
idawson idawson 9 years
wahoo-wah! c'ville was a great city to live in for 4 years. lots of charm.
amandalynnmc amandalynnmc 9 years
That's incredible.
sophiebella sophiebella 9 years
janneth janneth 9 years
Tell me about Charlottesville, please.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
That's amazing -- I love Charlottesville! It's such a great city...
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
Now that the back is no longer ho-hum, they don't have to cover it up with that huge box bush!
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
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