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Known as the ‘architecture of the American summer’, the Shingle Style is quintessentially American. Developed around 1875 along the eastern seacoast from Maine to Cape May, it was primarily used as a summer ‘cottage’ style. With its relaxed broken symmetry, open verandas, towers and projecting bays it is ideal for an open natural site, especially when there is a spectacular view.
The site for this home, located on a lake with a waterfall and running stream provided all the essential elements, which the shingle style is ideally suited to exploit. Working closely with the clients, Marchese chose a version of the Shingle style that uses a steeply pitched straight-gabled roof, as it’s more informal look lent itself well to the wooded site which was left in its natural condition. The stone foundations and first floor elements were made from natural Connecticut grey fieldstone, much of it acquired on site. This lends to the organic feeling of the house having grown out of the very woods it sits in. Using the natural contours of the site, the floors and verandas subtly rise and fall with the grade in such a way as to blur the line between being indoors and outdoors.
In keeping with the Architects principles of historical accuracy this house literally takes it’s owners back to a wonderful bygone age.