Maxine Corbett ’97, owner of Richlin Interiors, is a recipient of an American Society of Interior Designers South Florida Chapter 2011 Design Excellence Award. Corbett was honored in the Historic Renovation–Residential category for her inspired restoration of Victor Alfred Lundy’s Herron House.
“With any historic renovation, my primary drive is to remain true to the structure’s original aesthetic,” said Corbett. “Working on a landmark such as the Herron House allowed me to celebrate Lundy’s vision while also bringing modern industry elements and practices into place.”
The Herron House was designed by Lundy, a noted architect (United States Tax Court Building, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce), in 1957. Lundy exemplified the Florida-based Sarasota School of Architecture school of thought, which was a regional adaptation of Modernist architecture during the 1940s. A trademark design element of Lundy was innovative roof designs, a distinct feature of “Sarasota Modern” and a major design component of the Herron House.
Corbett was tasked with reviving Lundy’s baroque sensibility to the distinct home. Vaulted southern pine arches, shaded outdoor areas, intricate brick layouts, and purposeful plays on natural light were just some of the features that had been altered by prior owners. The restoration project extended to every element of the house, such as the exterior pool reconfiguration, rotted wood arch replacement, and a major kitchen renovation. When completed, Herron House was again a harmonious theater of light and shadow for the occupant as originally intended. Images from Corbett’s historic restoration project can be found by visiting this Flickr gallery.
Corbett’s efforts were honored on September 24, 2011, at the Design Excellence Awards Ceremony and Celebration. This year’s competition received a record number of entries. Corbett’s entry and all others were judged by an anonymous, out-of-state ASID chapter.
“The Herron House is now being enjoyed by its new owner in great style and, more importantly, in the intended fashion set down by Victor A. Lundy. This additional recognition for my part in restoring a visionary’s masterpiece has made this project even more fulfilling, if possible,” Corbett said.
In addition to being the principal owner/designer of Richlin Interiors, Corbett has served on the board of directors for ASID and as president of the organization’s South Florida Chapter from 2007–2008. A graduate of IUP, Corbett holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Housing.
Since 1999, Richlin Interiors has specialized in high-end, contemporary, and 20th-century modern designs. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Richlin Interiors is committed to sustainable design and recognizes the impact buildings have on the environment and society.