President’s House

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham, Alabama

The President’s home at Birmingham-Southern College is a historic, Georgian style residence originally designed by Miller Martin Lewis in 1925. In 2013, ArchitectureWorks was engaged to design an addition and renovation that completely updated private areas to better accommodate modern living. A large great room was built into the hillside behind the home, connecting kitchen, dining, and living areas into a more open space. A rear terrace was raised and enlarged to more graciously serve both formal and informal rooms, while providing important handicap accessibility. Separate catering and laundry rooms were included to better facilitate entertaining, and an enclosed garage replaced a previous carport addition. Upstairs, bedroom and storage space was expanded, and existing bedrooms and baths were selectively renovated. Interior and exterior details were carefully developed to respect historic precedent, and surrounding landscaping was extensively updated.