HBRA-CT HOBI award Winner: Best Exterior restoration WHV AIA Award winner: Honor Award Connecticut Trust Preservation Award
The 4,000 square-foot, two-story Innis Arden Cottage, designed by the pioneering woman architect Katherine C. Budd is an excellent example of the early Craftsman bungalow style, and was originally the guesthouse on the estate of J. Kennedy Tod, a financier at the turn of the last century to the railroad and mining industries. The exterior restoration project which was coordinated by architects Krist Dodaro and Allen Ross as part of a LEED project, involved major structural work, including rebuilding the most of the foundation. The roof and siding were replaced with historically correct cedar shingles. The second floor dormers were restored to their original design. Historically correct windows and new custom milled exterior doors were installed throughout. The porches on the east and west sides of the building were rebuilt to their original design while adding an entrance for individuals with disabilities. As part of this phase of the project, a new electrical service was provided.