FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, Michael Franck and Art Lohsen have worked together with a dedicated and talented team of professionals as Franck & Lohsen Architects Inc. creating architecture in the realms of ecclesiastical, residential, university, and urban design.

It has been a source of great joy to have created timeless buildings enjoyed by a wide-range of people — from students to homeowners to worshippers; and fortunate to have wonderful clients who placed their trust and vision in our hands — including the peer recognition of the Arthur Ross Award for our body of work.

This September, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Inc. will transform into two new entities. Michael will assume the helm of residential, hospitality and university commissions with Michael M. Franck Architect LLC. Art will assume the helm of ecclesiastical commissions with Bella Chiesa LLC. and, as always, Michael and Art will continue to work in a collaborative spirit which has been a hallmark of their firm.

We are excited about this next chapter as we continue to create enduring architecture.

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Forest Lane


While serving as Vice President, Richard Nixon, and his wife Pat, resided in this charming English Country style house. As with houses of that period, there was a strong separation of public and service spaces, particularly with the kitchen areas of the house.

When a young family purchased this imposing house, there was a need not only to renovate the house but also to create rooms that would serve the family in an up-to-date manner. Rather than adding a wing to this already large house, rooms within were repurposed and reconfigured. This enabled the family to live in and enjoy the rich interior of the main house.

Space formerly allocated to the service kitchen and butler pantry was transformed into a family kitchen and breakfast nook. The former dining room was opened up and transformed into the family room, and a new master bathroom and closets took over what had been a spare bedroom.

So characteristic with this unique style of architecture, the existing oak millwork throughout the house served to inform the design of the new millwork. The accompanying youthful decoration was done by Maria Crosby Pollard.

Photography: Gordon Beall