Helen Thompson
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THAT SEVENTIES’ SHOW

Austin-based architect Hugh Randolph recently renovated a Tarrytown house with a powerful 70s pedigree. Designed by Odessa architect J. Ellsworth Powell in 1972, the structure had remained intact, except for an attempt by previous owners to give it some Santa Fe style inside. The exterior retained enough of its original verve to have attracted Fred and Margy Kennedy who often drove by it just to admire its Space Age-meets-Palm Springs aesthetic.

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Architect Hugh Randolph honored the original architect’s vision, keeping the carved front door and making it even more obvious by painting it spring green.

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The rock-, stucco-, and glass residence is capped with a roof that juts out over the entry—it looks like a place the Jetsons and Frank Sinatra might have collaborated on.

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Randolph stripped the  entry and living room space to reveal its A-frame structure, original stone columns, and wood beams.

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A fireplace—a composition of stacked Travertine slabs emerging from a cantilevered hearth—is the living room’s focal point. The Travertine finds another expression in the arch over the entry to the dining room.

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A sitting area at the front of the house is a nice place to watch what’s going on in the street.

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A sitting room adjacent to the living room became a cozy library with walnut walls and ceiling.

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The library’s custom cabinets are by Honea Woodworks.

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The kitchen was completely re-envisioned and expanded. It’s a modern room, but with a nod to the 70s predilection for turquoise and blue hues. Counter surfaces are Caesarstone.

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The mature shrubbery around the pool is groomed to become part of the architecture.

BUILDER: Melde Construction Company

PHOTOS BY CASEY DUNN

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