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    A COUPLE REFURBISHES THE HEART OF THEIR DREAM VICTORIAN.




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                                                                           PHOTOGRAPHED AND
                                                                          WRITTEN BY ESTHER AND
                                                                            FRANKLIN SCHMIDT


                                                                              ruce and Melanie

                                                                       B      Rosenbaum of Ded-
                                                                              ham, Massachu-
                                                                              setts, began their
                                                                       young married lives with
                                                                       an entrepreneurial work
                                                                       ethic.
                                                                            Bruce, a native of New England,
                                                                       and Melanie, a local resident, were
                                                                       raised amid the architecture of mid-
                                                                       century modern homes. They met,
                                                                       married and spent their early years as a
                                                                       child-rearing couple residing in ranch
                                                                       and faux Colonial houses, much the
                                                                       same as their social and economic peers.
                                                                            But as a child, Melanie lived out a
                                                                       little girl’s fantasies when she played at
                                                                       an elderly friend’s Victorian home. She
                                                                       dressed up in packed-away hoop skirts
                                                                       and other 19th-century iconic cloth-
                                                                       ing. Even then, she was captivated by
                                                                       the allure of turn-of-the-century drama
                                                                       and fell in love with the softness of a
                                                                       past century. This early introduction to
                                                                       things Victorian was implanted in her
                                                                       young, creative spirit and remained
                                                                       with her.
                                                                            Many years later, Bruce, with a




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                                                                       strongly honed penchant for business
                                                                       marketing, and Melanie, who had
                                                                       attended design school and had strong
                                                                       creative abilities, formed a marketing
                                                                       firm operating out of their home.
                                                                            In 2000, the business-oriented,




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                                                                       These bar stools came out of the
                                                                       shop of a furniture restorer, who
                                                                       said they probably date from the
                                                                       1940s, but their vintage feeling
                                                                       supports the Victorian design
                                                                       throughout the kitchen.


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                                                                                            free-spirited couple was living, as Bruce            They loved all the details and craftsman-
                                                                                            recalls, in an 1,800-square-foot c. 1940s        ship of a Victorian, much like the magnifi-
                                                                                            Colonial in Sharon, Massachusetts, but           cent, historic homes of their community, but
                                                                                            found that “we were bursting at the seams        nothing like the new homes being built at
                                                                                            raising a family and housing our growing         that time.
                                                                                            direct-mail service.” They converted their           Due to time constraints placed on them
                                                                                            garage into office space, but it was still not   by their growing business, another goal was
                                                                                            enough to fill the needs of a growing family     to find a house that was 90 percent
                                                                                            and business.                                    restored—not an easy task. They were both
                                                                                                Like so many families, they had an ideal-    aware that restored Victorians off the main
                                                                                            ized dream home. Their fantasies wrapped         drag are hard to find, and when they are
                                                                                            around “an older and larger Victo-               available on the market, they bring top dollar.
                                                                                            rian/Craftsman-style house on three levels,           “It was really a fantasy to hope to find a
                                                                                            top floor dedicated to office space, near the    house that met our criteria and to be avail-
  A round oak Victorian dining table with a      Top right: Although the Rosenbaums
                                                 don’t charge their guests for meals
                                                                                            center of town but on a pleasant, non-main       able when we were ready to buy,” Bruce
  built-in cushioned bench is a practical,
  beautiful space in which to eat and play       eaten in this kitchen, the cash register   street in town.”                                 explains, but, as he emphatically adds, “Fan-
  games within the warming range of the          is reminiscent of 19th-century shops            Bruce and Melanie knew exactly what         tasies do come true.”
  wood-burning stove.                            and restaurants, and packs great
                                                 design punch.                              they wanted, and why.                                The purchase of the Dedham house,

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 which the Rosenbaums bought in 2000,
 came about as an incidental piece of great
 luck. Bruce and Melanie first saw the house
 while driving past it one day. In an instant
 they fell in love with it, but it wasn’t for sale.
 They wrote to the homeowners saying that if
 they ever wanted to sell, Bruce and Melanie
 would love to buy it. Not long after, the
 house went on the market, and the couple
 received the keys to their dream Victorian.
 Delighted, they looked around at their new
 home and began planning its rehab.
     “Fortunately, except for roof and chim-
 ney repair, much of the work that had to be
 done was cosmetic; the previous owners had
 taken care of all things structural, but our
 tongues were literally hanging out when we
 saw architectural details such as the field-
 stone foundation, elegant foyer, walnut
 pocket doors, leaded and stained glass, and
 the third-floor ballroom,” Bruce recalls.
     But both Bruce and Melanie knew that,
 more today than in the Victorian era, the
 heart and soul of any house is the kitchen. In
 the Victorian days, the kitchen was the
 denizen of servants instead of the family.
 Times have changed, and this kitchen was
 about to receive a facelift.
      Although the kitchen was in excellent
 structural condition, in no way did it have a
 Victorian aesthetic. The big project for the
 Rosenbaums was to give the kitchen a sense
 and feeling of the late 19th century while
 making it function in 21st-century mode.
 Another goal was to repurpose antique items
 for reuse in a marriage of form and function.
     Some people, like the Rosenbaums, make
 their own luck through tenacious persever-
 ance. Early in their new/old kitchen’s remod-
 eling, they found a nickel, copper and iron
 wood-burning stove sold by Erickson’s
 Antique Stoves, a company that takes old
 stoves and refurbishes them, each becoming



 A grand dining room is a must in any
 proper Victorian home. This table easily
 seats 12 and, although the family doesn’t
 use it every night, it is a wonderful room in
 which to entertain friends for major events.




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both practical and a Victorian work of art. The
owner of the store had set up a booth at the
famous antiques market, Brimfield, located
fairly near to Dedham. Their next major pur-
chase was an original 1890s Mott’s Defiance
No. 18, a cast-iron cook stove.
     The cabinetry design is often key to the
entire look of a kitchen. In this case, given the
visual drama of the two large stoves, selecting
just the right wood, design and color became
the next design hurdle. Bruce and Melanie
combed magazines and books, including, Victo-
rian Kitchens & Baths [see Resources sidebar,
page 41]. “In that book,” Bruce said, “We
found inspirations and answers.” The cabinets
would need to be black to provide design
grounding for the two huge stoves. The origi-
nal cabinets had been cherry, and Mike Dugan,
owner of Kitchen Tune Ups, who the couple
had hired to implement the design and instal-
lation of the cabinets, suggested that they leave
a cherry border around the black cabinet faces.
    The Rosenbaums found the final large ele-
ment in a salvage shop: a large island that they
believe served as a print shop counter. The
piece needed some restoration, but that was
easily accomplished by a local artisan.
    The eat-in banquette with its round oak
table was the final major element. It has
become the family’s main gathering spot. It is
perfect for all three meals, for a small group,
and is practically adjacent to the cooking area
and attractive enough for seating guests.
    The Rosenbaums not only refurbished an
old kitchen, they added whimsy with acces-
sories that include an old cash register and a
clever reuse of an old water heater that now
functions as a water dish for their dogs.
    Besides having a great house, the refurbish-
ing of the Dedham property has inspired a new
business for the Rosenbaums.
    Friends, family and press have been so
impressed by the work done on the house that
from this effort that ModVic (Modern Victo-
rian Home Restoration) was born in 2007. The
couple is now well into refurbishing another
old home nearby (see sidebar, page 41).
    “The idea is to maintain the beauty, charm
and character of an older home, but sensitively
modernize it for today’s living.” The couple’s
first project did just that. Through innovation
and hard work, Bruce and Melanie created a                                                                                    This grand old piece functions
space that gives their old painted lady a new                                                                                 perfectly as a modern working
                                                    The Rosenbaums opted to use cultured stone as a base for their stove.     stove. Of all the historic pieces
heart and provides them with a new home as           This material has a great look that seems authentic. It is a huge cost   in a kitchen, an old cook stove
well as a new business.                                                    and labor saver as well.                           sets the design tone for the rest
                                                                                                                              of the room.

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                                                                                                                                                        RESOURCES

                                                                                                                                                          Idea Book:
                                                                                                                                                 Victorian Kitchens & Baths
                                                                                                                                                By Franklin & Esther Schmidt
                                                                                                                                                  Published by Gibbs Smith
                                                                                                                                              www.victoriankitchensandbaths.com
                                                                                                                                              Principals/Onsite Project Management/
                                                                                                                                               Interior Period Home Designer/Home
                                                                                                                                                         History Researcher:
                                                                                                                                                  Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum
                                                                                                                                                            ModVic, LLC
                                                                                                                                               Modern Victorian Home Restoration
                                                                                                                                              36 Pleasant Street, Sharon, MA 02067
                                                                                                                                                          (781) 784-0250
                                                                                                                                                 Architectural Salvage/Antiques:
                                                                                                                                                            John Isgur
                                                                                                                                                 Nor'east Architectural Antiques
                                                                                                                                                    16 Exeter Road (Rt. 150)
                                                                                                                                                  South Hampton, NH 03827
                                                                                                                                                         (603) 394-0006
                                                                                                                                                          Masonry:
                                                                                                                                                      Brendan Mostecki
                                                                                                                                                      Cultured Masonry
                                                                                                                                                   www.culturedmasonry.com
                                                                                                                                                      180 Tisdale Street
                                                                                                                                                    Leominster, MA 01453
                                                                                                                                                       (978) 840-9594




                                                               The Blogging Connection
                                                                                                                                                    Stained Glass Restoration:
                                                                                                                                                          Warren Rubin
                                                                                                                                                         Norwood Glass
                                                                                                                                                     530 Washington Street
                                                                                                                                                      Norwood, MA 02062
                                                             Like many Victorian homeowners, the Rosenbaums                                              (781) 762-1809
                                                             continue to chronicle their restoration efforts online                                Antique Stove Restoration:
                                                                                                                                                         David Erickson
                                                 Once they completed their own home               The blog has been an effective way for
                                                                                                                                                   Erickson's Antique Stoves
                                                 restoration, Bruce and Melanie created a      the curious to view and be involved in the
                                                                                                                                                        (978) 857-8014
                                                 blog to chronicle their next project, one     restoration on a project-by-project basis.
                                                                                                                                                    Kitchen Cabinet Refacing:
                                                 that their new business, ModVic, is under-       “It affords them a means by which to
                                                                                                                                                           Mike Dugan
                                                 taking in nearby North Attleboro, Massa-      see and, in a way, become part of putting
                                                                                                                                                         Kitchen Tune-up
                                                 chusetts, on Mount Hope Street.               the whole thing together. They have an                    (508) 285-0000
                                                    “We have created a weekly updated          up-front seat to see view those efforts that
                                                                                                                                                            Painters:
                                                 blog or Web site to inform anyone—both        work out, as well as construction and
                                                                                                                                                        Marcelo Ferreira
                                                 locals who happen to pass by the project      design pitfalls to avoid. It gives them an                Siedel & Lana
                                                 and others, nationwide—who might be           unusual, no risk way to see a major                      (781) 603-4973
                                                 interested in doing something similar or      restoration of a Victorian home. To date,
                                                                                                                                                      Kitchen Counter Tops:
                                                 who simply have interest in the restoration   hundreds of people have visited the site to
                                                                                                                                                           Al Brauneis
                                                 of old homes,” Bruce says.                    get updates and to provide us with feed-                Boston Fabrication
                                                    “On the blog, we offer a history of the    back and advice.                                         61 Endicott Street
                                                 house, which was built in the 1830s and          “Our goal is to restore this great old                   Building 25
                                                 transformed into a Victorian Italianate in    house and sell it to a family who will                 Norwood, MA 02062
Opposite: A small side table fills out the       1877. People visit our blog to get the        appreciate what we have done and enjoy                    (781) 762-9185
corner of the room and becomes a gallery for     scoop on how the difficult restoration is     living in this wonderful Victorian. We hope           Appliances/Fixtures:
antique and vintage family photographs.
                                                 going. We include our own thoughts,           that this project and the blog will be the               Wayne Walgreen
This page: Fortunately, the baths in the house   descriptions and photos. Also included are    start of many more to come.”                          Ferguson/JD Daddario
were in relatively good shape. Bruce and         entries from the other professionals and         Readers can find Melanie and Bruce                    5 Forge Parkway
Melanie added a 19th-century sentiment by                                                                                                             Franklin, MA 02038
placing the sink in an old Victorian cabinet.    artisans involved in the project.”            Rosenbaum’s blog at www.modvic.com.
                                                                                                                                                        (508) 528-0006

								
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