Cooper Johnson Smith Architects & Town Planners


Clark Residence
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The Clark Residence is built in the tradition of 18th Century French Colonial cottages and plantation houses. These homes combined familiar Old World building traditions with site-specific methods of the Delta Region, the Gulf Coast, and the West Indies. The home is elevated seven feet from its frequently flooding bayou setting. Living spaces are protected by deep verandas from the often-dramatic wind and rain storms. Interiors are open to invite cooling breezes. The home is an assemblage of cottages, with the hipped-pavilion cottage at its center. At its sides are two small-gabled cottages, and to the rear, a two-story carriage house. A fictional history guides the character of this assemblage. The central living pavilion is imagined to be the original Creole plantation house, distinguished by Its plaster walls and bellcurve-hipped roof. The master suite is seen to be a once-free-standing dependency in the French Acadian cottage style, with oyster shell stucco walls. The opposite suite inhabits a second outbuilding made of once-discarded clinker brick. At a point in the home's "history" the three were united, first with louvered breezeways, then later with fully enclosed support spaces. Edging the courtyard to the rear of the property is the two story carriage house, a Creole townhouse with raised parapets, the roof-covered verandas, and traditional outside stair. The carriage house is joined to the others with a French Quarter-fashioned passageway.

The Clark Residence received the distinguished Addison Mizner Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture, Florida.

Location: Tampa, FL

Project Year: 2015