The “Grande Dame,” as we fondly referred to her, now has another hundred years of life within her walls, thanks to an extensive and thoughtful renovation.

Sitting in the middle of a double city lot, she was transported — literally shifted northwards 35.6 feet —and placed on a new basement and foundation to take advantage of a sunny southern exposure, and transformed — with consideration to preserving her greatest original features.

Sagging structural members were carefully lifted and reinforced to give new strength to her form. Walls were furred out to incorporate extra insulation and a geothermal heating system was installed.

Both the exterior and interior were stripped to the studs. Every shingle, piece of trim and stone was replaced. Windows, moldings and interior trim are new, redesigned around retained elements such as the library fireplace mantle, dropped-beam ceilings and stained-glass windows. Other stained glass has been reinstated as sidelights at the front entry and incorporated into library built-ins.

An integrated addition to the home allows for a main-floor master bedroom, open kitchen and great room.

Renewed and invigorated, the Ballantyne is genuine and current.  Her rejuvenation gives true meaning to the word “recycle.”

Zebra Design, Interiors and Construction


  • 2010 SAM Awards gold, (national), Best Whole House Renovation over $500,000
  • 2010 Georgie Awards gold, best Residential Renovation $800,000 and over
  • 2010 CARE Awards gold, Best Residential Renovation or Restoration over $500,000