The New Old House
Historic & Modern Architecture Combined
By Marc Kristal
Foreword by Gil Schafer III
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2017
  • Price: $60.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11
  • ISBN: 1-4197-2404-5
  • EAN: 9781419724046
  • Page Count: 240
  • Illustrations: 200 color illustrations and photographs
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World/All

The New Old House presents 18 private historic homes, from North America to Europe, and traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalized and refreshed them for a new generation.

Most of the renovations occurred in the last decade, but all of the homes have origins reaching back into the past, in some cases hundreds of years. Projects and firms featured include Greenwich House, Allan Greenberg; Longbranch, Jim Olson; Astley Castle, Witherford Watson Mann; Hunsett Mill, Acme; Cotswolds House, Richard Found; plus more than a dozen others. These projects address such timely factors as sustainability, multiculturalism, preservation, and style, and demonstrate the unique beauty and elegance that comes from the interweaving of modernity and history.


"A book that deftly stresses the best-of-both-worlds approach that underlies a tasteful renovation."
"The 18 private historic houses featured in his book certainly draw you in, illustrating just how brilliant and intriguing integrating new and old can be."
New York magazine’s The
“It's easy to be drawn to an old building's charm and character, but the reality is, a historic residence is not typically synonymous with easy modern living. In the new book The New Old House, design reporter Marc Kristal shows us how architects are taking timeworn properties and reinventing them with bold contemporary additions….Kristal tours a curated collection of such houses around the world, all more compelling—and more livable—than they were before their transformations.”
Architectural Digest
Kristal’s book also goes far beyond the average coffee table tome, in that project descriptions are rich with insider insight and a genuine interest in the history and processes that shaped each project.…The New Old House is a very welcome insight into a strand of architecture that deserves far more than second tier status.
Wallpaper* magazine

About the author

An architecture and design author and journalist, Marc Kristal is a former editor of AIA/J, and has written for Metropolis, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Wallpaper, and numerous other publications. Kristal has written, coauthored, or contributed to 30 books, including Re:Crafted, Immaterial World, and Magni Modernism.