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January 2016
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Topic of the Month: A Solarium in an Historic Rochester Neighborhood

Architectural Firm of the Month: David M. Burrows, Architect

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Architect David M. Burrows is a proud native of the Rochester area and a licensed architect in the state of New York serving Monroe County, Ontario County, and Wayne County: Brighton, Pittsford, Henrietta, Fairport, and vicinity. He specializes in residential additions and remodeling, handicapped accessible design, preservation, adaptive reuse, and multifamily housing.
Burrows opened his independent architectural practice in 2003 with a focus on residential additions and new construction, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and handicapped accessibility. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Green Associate, and a former member of the Brighton Architectural Review Board. He lives with his family in Brighton, where he also has his office. 

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A thoughtfully planned renovation to an historic 19th century brick building can bring new life to the home, particularly if the renovation includes an addition of a light-filled solarium to an area that was previously dark and closed to the outdoors. Architect David M. Burrows designed such an addition for an historic Italianate home in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, New York, and the transformation is remarkable.
South Wedge is a city  neighborhood comprised of a triangular wedge of land bordered by the Genesee River on the west, and the Erie Canal. The neighborhood formed in the 1820's as a series of small houses owned by families tied to the Erie Canal trade. One of Rochester's longstanding neighborhoods, South Wedge is home to two preservation districts and some of the oldest houses in the city.
The renovated house on Hickory Street in South Wedge is located in a part of the city that has been named "significant in history, architecture, design, archeology, and culture" by the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
According to Burrows, "the rear entrances were primitive and dark, and the residents had a poor view of the back yard." On the second floor of the original house, a small square window let in very little light and the exterior of the house looked plain and shabby. Burrows had a plan to enhance the home and fill it with light by creating a space that linked the interior with the outdoors while matching the 19th century design of the house. This was done by creating a solarium, or a sun room on the second floor.
Solariums were part of architectural design in ancient times, when open sun porches were built on the rooftops of Greek and Roman houses. The modern use of the word refers to a room that is enclosed in glass and exposed to the sun. Solariums became popular in early to mid-19th century British and American architecture, thus making this addition to the South Wedge home both welcomed and appropriate.
To create the solarium, Burrows extended the roof above the first floor. The original rear exterior wall of the house became the interior back wall of the solarium. An octagonal glass sun room with a glass paneled ceiling was created, giving a jewel-like effect to the exterior of the home, and providing the homeowners with a warm, light-filled space.
"The new porch and side entrance additions allow better access and use of the yard. The solarium, accessed by a spiral stair from the new entrance, creates a bright space with great views, a hot tub, and a fireplace," according to Burrows.
Period colors, details, and materials, including copper roofing, stone, brick, and fine woodwork, were incorporated into the new construction. The builder was John W. King Remodeling, a master carpenter located in Webster, NY.  

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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