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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Perched upon a commanding lakeside property, this new private home serves as the gateway to a portion of the River Road neighborhood. Distant views across the lake give the feeling that this carefully sited house has been here for generations. From within the house, panoramic views extend across the lake onto the wildlife preserve beyond.

Designed as an upside-down house, the entry hall, master suite, and 2 guest suites are located on the ground floor while the living room, kitchen enfilade, den, and office are perched upstairs in order to enjoy the views beyond.

Unique to this house is the quantity and range of exterior spaces. A modestly-scaled pair of single-car garages with a low garden wall brackets the motor court to the front entrance of the house. Two private side gardens, one off the master suite and one off the guest suites, offer an intimate respite from the more active sides of the house. A pair of balconies off the kitchen enfilade invites the outside in as does a generous double-story covered porch on the lakeside. A lawn off of the lower rear terrace transitions to a firepit which then transitions down to a lake path.

The exterior of the house boasts stucco garages, garden walls, and rustication. The upper floor of the main house is finely detailed with pilasters, large windows, and a pair of unique double-story bay windows.