Historic New England Home Architecture & Design | DC
living room with lit fireplace

A Passion for Home Architecture & Design


Wood Table & Upholstered Chairs Fit Seamlessly
in the Dining Nook of Renovated Kitchen

Early life experiences influence who we are and what we love. When I was young, I was exposed to the beautiful architecture of New England’s older houses, so design and construction interests came early in life for me.

Whenever possible, I begged family and neighbors for building materials and charmed friends into helping me build forts—my first construction project, back in 1958 in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a fort!

Exposure to Historic Home Architecture

My love for historic homes began with my first introductions to family houses as young as age five, including my great grandparents’ nifty Victorian or my grandmother’s handsome Colonial Revival. And, as a child, I delighted in seeing the historic “Wentworth” colonial homes. Summer vacations in New England became a place of learning for me.

A visit to the historic Wentworth-Coolidge home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire revealed the residence of Benning Wentworth, New Hampshire’s colonial governor from 1741 – 1766.  The quirky yellow house is eccentric and taught me that a home comes in many styles and personal preferences.

Tourist-like visits to the Strawbery Banke site in Portsmouth where I saw the Wentworth-Gardner house (circa 1760) provided additional evidence that a classic Georgian home is beautiful.

And Benning’s father, John Wentworth, also a colonial governor to New Hampshire, owned a fine Colonial home (circa 1695). Considered significant, the house was dismantled in 1926 and its second floor living room and unique spiral-turned baluster staircase was reassembled in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.


Exposed Floor Joists Add Character to
New Basement – Woodley Park, Washington, DC

A restoration of the 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth house in Rollinsford, New Hampshire is one of the oldest surviving dwellings in the state.

These early experiences are with me to this day as I continue my work remodeling and protecting residential architecture!

About Architect Bruce Wentworth

Wentworth was founded by Bruce Wentworth, AIA, a noted remodeling architect who has worked in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area for over twenty years. He has built hundreds of his own designs, ranging from modest bungalows to large-scale luxury residences.

Read the rest of Bruce’s bio.

“ The Wentworth team took special care with the workspace because of our children. I have not seen anything quite like these guys. They were fastidious and took the issue of our children very seriously. When they said they would be here at 7:00 AM the truck arrived at 6:55 AM. ”

Ben G., Washington, DC