To break up the original warren of rooms on
the first floor, St. Claire and Bott essentially
gutted the space, tearing down seven walls and
adding windows in the kitchen area to bring in
more natural light. ;e only enclosed room is a
dining area/o;ce, separated from the kitchen
via a frosted glass pocket door.
WHEN DAVID AND BRENDA Friend bought their 1950s
split level in American University Park in 2014, they knew
they wanted to drastically alter the kitchen but stay true
to the home’s Mad Men-era roots. “;e house was very
compartmentalized, with an original kitchen that was small
and secluded from the rest of the space,” says Keira St. Claire,
an interior designer at Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Cabin
John who, with architect George Bott, helped the Friends
reimagine their kitchen as a space for entertaining and relaxing.