"Gray Range" is one of the prestigious estates of Philadelphia's historic Main Line. Once owned by the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad, "Gray Range" was built in 1899. It was originally designed by Philadelphia architects Baily and Truscott and enlarged in 1909 to approximately 12,000 s.f. by Baily & Bassett. The extensive renovations and additions to "Gray Range" restore its turn-of-the-century splendor while adding state of the art technology and comfort into a cohesive whole.
The Owners desired the renovations to the half-timbered tudor house to be spacious, light-filled, and to have a more informal country character. They also requested easy access to a variety of recreational uses for their family and friends. A 22' x 45' Sports Court and adjoining Game Room form the lower level of a new 5,000 s.f. addition, which extends from the main house to an existing multi-car garage and creates a new service court for deliveries and easy access.
The addition extends through a sequence of connected rooms on the first floor to take advantage of sunlight and views along a new south facing terrace. A new kitchen incorporates a coffered ceiling of oak beams. Millwork portals recall the ornate woodwork of the original house. The Breakfast Room anchors the procession of rooms. The curved antique pine vault recalls a medieval banquet hall as well as the ribbed hull of a wooden boat.
The exterior of the new addition compliments the existing house through extensive use of wood timbers above granite walls, along with carved wood brackets and matching Ludowici tile roof. The massing departs from the formality of the original house with the introduction of informal elements including copper clad round-top dormers, oval windows, and a lanterned cupola that caps a triple height space overlooking the lower level Game Room.
Kass & Associates is currently working with new Owners of Gray Range to refurbish and expand the property's garages and designing a pool and pool house connecting to the end of the previously completed addition.