The project consisted of the conversion of a 150-year-old dairy barn into a glass and aluminum art gallery and weekend guest residence. Lewis began the project with selective demolition and by securing the building with pole-shores and reinforced concrete retaining walls. Wooden columns which had rotted over the years were either replaced or repaired with splices. Structure steel was selectively placed in the super structure to stiffen the building. Flues for two fireplaces and two furnaces were “shoe-horned” into a building core along with plumbing and miles of lighting control wiring. Lewis staff performed all rough and finished carpentry.
The glass box, aluminum-storefront components were assembled in place using details designed to always clearly “separate” old materials from new. Painted drywall, pine block walls and maple and slate flooring were installed within. A six-scene, Lutron dimming system was connected to an array of some twenty different lighting fixture types. When the project was completed it was published in Architectural Record, Chesapeake Home and House Beautiful.