Thursday, March 19, 2009
Woodrow Wilson House
The design of these customized cabinetry is part of the contribution of Guatemalan Architect Hugo Arrué to the renovation of the Woodrow Wilson house in Princeton, N.J. between 2003 and 2006.
After being President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910 and New Jersey’s Governor from 1911 to 1913, Woodrow Wilson became the 28th U.S. President from 1913 to 1921. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for his contributions to ending World War I.
In 1896, Wilson asked architect Edward S. Child to design this house when he was a faculty member at Princeton. Since then the house has been transformed, and more recently his current owner decided to make a significant renovation keeping the original spirit of the building while upgrading it to modern life requirements (where possible).
The cabinetry was executed by resembling traditional icons of the house and by adding a little bit of modernism to it. High craftsmanship and quality materials (including certified wood) were used due the historical value of the property.
In 2006, the whole project won the Princeton Preservation Award and the State of New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for that year.