Wyeth Architects

Wyeth Architects

Chester, CT


Historic Chester Colonial Receives Deep Energy Retrofit

By evanschl
Nov 9, '22 10:16 AM EST

Wyeth Architects has completed the renovation and deep energy retrofit of 6 Maple Street, a 1749 Colonial house in the picturesque village of Chester, CT.  The building now comes close to meeting Passive House standards – the leading energy efficiency standard defined by the International Passive House Association.

The hand-hewn structure, details, and materials were preserved and combined with energy efficiency and state-of-the-art mechanical systems.

A variety of different sustainable techniques, materials, and construction practices were used to increase efficiency, such as the installation of airtight, high-performance windows.

The original character is celebrated with exposed historic elements, clapboard siding, and simple trim. Old wood flooring was restored, and multiple layers of wallpaper were left exposed.

Airtightness and thermal comfort were prioritized, reducing the need for conventional heating and air conditioning systems.

“What we’re doing is changing the way people regard old buildings, and changing the way they are treated in order to make them work for the 21st century,” says Leonard Wyeth, principal architect.

Wyeth Architects, a full-service firm specializing in low-energy design, recently moved into the upper level of 6 Maple Street, and is renting out the bottom level for retail.

The firm’s latest project, the Legacy Theatre in Branford, CT, received a 2022 Elizabeth Mills Brown Award of Excellence, a 2022 Sustainable Architecture Award from AIA Connecticut, and an Award of Merit from Preservation Connecticut.

For more information, please contact Evan Schlansky, [email protected], 860-526-5111 

(Photo: ©Robert Benson Photography)