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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Partridge Lane


A complete interior and exterior renovation transformed this previously bland 1950s house into a timeless beauty. On the exterior, the ordinary red brick was whitewashed, double casement windows were replaced with single casement windows, shutters were updated, and additional French doors were added. A heavy brick balcony over the entry door was replaced with a light wrought iron railing, and a formalized entry drive and plantings enhanced the front yard.

On the rear of the house, a new bluestone terrace was created to transition the rear of the home to a new formal rear lawn. Additional doors from several rooms off of the back opened up the house to the terrace and the lawn.

Almost all interior rooms were significantly altered — most notably the entry hall where a new sweeping circular stair replaced an uninspired staircase. The oversized kitchen was updated and an intimate breakfast room was created, overlooking the rear terrace.

New millwork throughout the house and a stunning interior installation by Darryl Carter work in unison to create a youthful, yet timeless home.

Photography: Gordon Beall