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Maison Coulee Mine

Lafayette, LA

This grand “house with a story” sits at the back of an established neighborhood along an old coulee. In the tradition of antebellum-era homes in South Louisiana, the house fronts the waterway, while offering a gracious rear elevation to those who arrive by land. The home, reminiscent of those by A. Hays Town, is made up of multiple buildings that appear to have been constructed at different times.

The Owner’s Cottage has the primitive details of an Acadian cabin, while the Main House is executed in the more refined, but still simple, Creole tradition. A Carriage House is seemingly the final building of the compound, standing as an axial terminus as one enters the motor court, functioning as an outdoor foyer to the home.

Maison Coulee Mine’s porches serve as the outward identity of the house, with each one serving its own purpose. The porches maintain a constant, comfortable environment and make the home feel both graceful and inviting.

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4 Winds

Baltimore, MD

This Shingle Style residence began with the client’s love of Robert A. M. Stern’s Life Magazine Dream House. The home was originally conceived by the firm as a well-designed, yet attainable Shingle Style residence that was intended to raise the bar of builder’s houses. As stated by RAMSA, the home is a “compact shingled mass relieved by porches, shuttered windows and dormers.” To achieve the goals and expectations of the client, J. E. Schram adjusted the design, albeit, while respectfully honoring the original.

The home rests along a gentle hillside, offering a commanding view of the forward gable upon arrival, while an allée-framed series of lawn stairs gracefully connect the rear of the home to the principal green. Intended to evoke the charm and grace of an old house yet address contemporary living, a large kitchen and integrated dining space are at the heart of the home and open to a sun-drenched den. This extended area serves as the hub of daily life.

Meanwhile, the grandeur of the great room with its 14’ ceilings and open staircase offers a cozy respite by way of the inglenook for a bit of fireside reading. This space flows to the veranda via French doors, making a connection between the indoor and outdoor living areas. The home offers an elegant lifestyle and genteel humility in a single composition.

Photos by: Erin Horton Photography

On the Boards

  • New construction in Lake Charles, LA – Captain Daniel J. Goos Memorial
  • New waterside private residence in an English Romantic style
  • New pocket neighborhood and architecture in the Arts & Crafts style
  • New village plan and architecture in the South
  • New residence in a Traditional Neighborhood Development in the Cape Dutch style
  • New residence in the Low-Country style
  • New residence in the Creole style
  • Addition to a historic residence in Baltimore, MD
  • Interior renovations to an existing home in the mid-Atlantic
  • Interior renovations to an existing home in the South
  • Interior renovations to a historic Victorian home in New Jersey

The firm of J. E. Schram Architect, LLC, creates work that is timeless in nature and rooted to its place while fulfilling the lifestyle of the intended, modern user. The firm’s designs are driven by the feelings they are intended to conjure; a connection to earlier buildings and spaces while allowing creative interpretations to anchor them to their own place in history. The intent is not to recreate idyllic replications of the past, but to evoke the elegant repose of an earlier era. The firm achieves beautiful place-making through its traditionally inspired, regional architecture by connecting to vernacular traditions.

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Everett Schram, AIA, is the president and founder of his Baltimore-based firm, J. E. Schram Architect, LLC. While growing up in South Louisiana, he was drawn to the heritage architecture that defines the area. His interest was encouraged and reinforced by traveling across the state to visit historic homes and plantations. He also spent time in homes by the esteemed A. Hays Town, which further inspired his lifelong architectural passion. Today, Everett and his family live in an Olmsted Brothers-designed neighborhood in Baltimore that epitomizes the garden city moment and Maryland’s iconic architectural styles.

Everett received his Professional Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University. He also had the opportunity to study urban planning in London and classical architecture at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in New York. Everett acquired a deep working knowledge of mixed-use development and the principles of New Urbanism in a range of densities, scales, and locations. Employment and mentorship followed at the Washington, DC, firm of Franck & Lohsen Architects where the values of classical architecture became the focus before Everett spent the better part of a decade as the Village Architect of Walnut Grove TND in his hometown of Lake Charles, LA. His collective professional experience not only informs his practice today, but also community-minded priorities such as serving on the Historic Homeland Architecture Review Committee and his volunteer participation (2006-09) on the boards of the ICAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Build DC, an organization that aims to develop the next 100-year-plan in the classical tradition for the city of Washington.

Throughout Everett’s life, he has been influenced by the simple, elegant, vernacular architecture of different regions. The Creole and Acadian buildings of his youth, the Cotswold architecture of the British countryside, the revival architecture of the mid-Atlantic, and Hays Town’s own inventive version of Louisiana vernacular all move him deeply. To Everett, there is something alluring about buildings that seem rooted to their place: it is an essence that is timeless and feels right at home where it resides.

Growing up in a large, Southern family and having a family of his own made him fully appreciate the importance of traditions – both in upholding them and appreciating their value – as an integral part of an enriched and rewarding life. He gives credence to the notion that places, smells, surroundings that look or feel a certain way, can evoke cherished memories, forever tying you to a place, wherever it may be. Creating places that feel as if they have always been there is what inspires Everett’s philosophy. To that end, Everett founded J. E. Schram Architect, LLC in 2013 to design within the context of his guiding principles.

“Whether our house be large or small, it can be beautiful and a pleasure to ourselves, our friends and to the passerby. While our wants and our pocketbooks determine the size of our house; our own good taste determines its character. Houses such as these will grow better as age adds its softening touch and they will be good houses as long as they endure.”
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