You know I love a good conversion project, and the one I’m featuring today (which I discovered on the Garden & Gun magazine website) is pretty great. Design duo Beth and Chris Collier converted the former Tayloe Hospital in Washington, North Carolina, into a fabulous and unique home and office. Both Chris’s grandfather and great-grandfather worked in the hospital. After a new facility was built in the fifties, the hospital was converted into a nursing home, where Beth’s grandmother spent her final years. Needless to say they have a connection to the building.
When they bought the property in 2004, the building had been boarded up for over ten years and was in terrible condition. They did a major renovation and redesigned the space that includes a furniture design studio, Beth’s interior design office, as well as the living space for their family.
The front door was the former ambulance entrance.
These red laquered walls were inspired by Tennessee born designer Albert Hadley, who had red walls in entrance to his NYC apartment.
They kept the original elevator from the hospital, which is still in working condition.
The entire space curated with unique furnishings and many historic family heirlooms. (p.s. I am IN LOVE with these chairs.)
The bathroom opens up onto the fire escape!
From Garden And Gun Magazine article by Haskell Harris April/May 2013 Photos by Patricia Lyons
You can tell this space has been decorated with a lot of thought and respect for it’s history. You can read more about it here. A great conversion indeed!
Have a lovely day!