This grand farmhouse in Eastern Massachusetts is located on 11 acres of open agricultural land with expansive views of fields and paddocks. The design is inspired by the rich tradition of the New England agrarian architecture of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. A rambling approach to the massing breaks down the overall scale of the house nicely and allows it to sit comfortably in its rural landscape.
The layout of the first floor affords each of the major rooms with a view of the paddocks, thus taking full advantage of the southern exposure. Picturesque massing is used to downplay the size of the house, making it appear smaller than its actual size upon entry from the street.
A tree-lined motor court greets visitors and leads their eyes to the exterior of the structure, which is clad in materials of the local architectural vocabulary of New England, including New England fieldstone, red cedar clapboards with eight-inch exposure, Vermont slate roof, and New England bluestone.