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Bondsman’s House
Moorestown, NJ

Located within walking distance of the heart of the village of Moorestown, NJ sat a small, dilapidated historic house. A local businessman called upon Matthew Millan Architects to preserve and rehabilitate the circa 1780 Bondsman’s House and creatively expand its less than 1,000 square feet of living space to meet the demands of the current real estate market. By matching the width of the existing structure and pushing an addition back from the Main Street façade, the added space does not compete visually with the original house. We took advantage of the sloping site and wrapped the addition around the rear, gaining at grade access to a lower level living space from newly formed off-street parking. To preserve the Bondsman’s House, we retained as much original material of the house as possible, repairing individual pieces and sections as needed. We removed inappropriate materials like asphalt shingle roofing and with supporting evidence from the house construction and historic photographs, reconstructed a cedar shingle roof with a built-in pole gutter and decorative eave trim. While the completed house has the look and feel of a nineteenth century house and maintains the pedestrian scale and relationship with Main Street, it now offers more than 2,300 square feet of living space in a highly sought area.