Design-build · Architectural Restoration · General Contracting
Specialists in the architectural restoration, rehabilitation and repair of old and historic structures and design-build services. Serving the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and western New Jersey for more than 25 years.
Walker Residence · Pipersville, PA
Complete renovation and expansion of mid-19th century plank-framed Delaware Valley I-house as a family retreat. The orignal plank house and seperate stone summer kitchen were joined with a connecting, architecturally sensitive addition to support the space requirements and amenitites of a truly modern residence. Addition includes a master bedroom and bath, family room, kitchen, dining and breakfast room. In addition to work performed on the residence, the project required extensive infrastructural and site improvements and the restoration of multiple out buildings, including an extraordinary Pennsylvania bank barn. The restored outbuilidngs were compromised by age, wear and tear and multiple alterations.
The property is the subject of a Tinicum Conservancy Conservation Easement and remains a working farm. Design-build: R. J. Doerr Co.
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Ruhle Residence Conservatory and Gardens · Springfield Township, PA
R. J. Doerr Company was contracted to construct a conservatory addition, garden pavilion and enclsoure for a late 18th century landmark, upper Bucks County, PA residence. The conservatory, designed by architect Benjamin Walbert of Allentown, PA, is highlighted by an 8' x 28' venting skylight with insulated glazing and motorized shade system. From the conservatory, four sets of custom French doors open onto an elevated terrace surfaced with Pennsylvania bluestone and bordered by red siltstone perimeter walls that are topped with bluestone copings.
Surrounding the conservatory addition and terrace is a design-build formal garden and enclosure developed jointly by R. J. Doerr Company and Design Works, LLC of Charleston, SC. The gardens include a garden pavilion, privacy walls and custom gate and fencing elements that feature hand forged ironwork.
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Eckert Residence · Brushwood · Bernardsville, NJ
The scope of this high profile project consisted of a detailed exterior restoration of a remarkable Classical Revival style country estate known as Brushwood that was constructed for Alice Isabel Ballantine of the famed New Jersey brewing family in 1904. This well-preserved residence continues to reflect the full grandeur of the Gilded Age. The focus of the restoration was the structural repair of the monumental portico that defines the mansion's main facade. The restoration of the portico included the replication and replacement of its six original, 30” diameter, fluted ionic columns, each standing more than 20 feet tall and weighing in excess of 1200 pounds. Structural Engineer: Barry Isett Associates, Allentown, PA
Comprehensive main facade restoration of late Georgian/early Federal residence built c.1825 in the heart of Hunterdon County, NJ. Project included the replacement of a 20th century porch addition with a more appropriate Greek Revival styled entry portico. Work falso included brick and stone masonry repairs and cleaning, architectural woodwork restoration, window and door restoration and shutter replication. Architect: Pickell Architecture, Flemington, NJ.
The new owners of this long neglected c.1780 vernacular late Georgian/early Federal era frame farmhouse hired R. J. Doerr to completely restore the interior and exterior and enlarge the existing house. The restoration was as extensive. The home's exterior was stripped, revealing a highly deterioarted mud and log nogged timber frame. Several contemporary and deteriorated Victorian era architectural elements were removed during the restoration to return the house to an appearance in keeping with its original construction. The house's earliest intact architectural features were retained and restored, while numerous missing details were faithfully replicated. New front and rear porches were added to the home to assume the place of long removed originals and the large central and end chimneys that define the house's roofline were completely reconstructed as part of the project.
Schematic design for was the work of Archive Ltd. of Easton, PA. The restored residence's final form is however largely the result of a design-build program developed and carried out by R. J. Doerr Company.