East End Family Compound
by John Ike
The medical injunction “first do no harm” can be as useful to architects as it is to doctors. In the case of this renovation and extension of a 1980s shingled Dutch gambrel residence on eastern Long Island, I believe it helped get us the job, as we were the first architects who didn’t recommend tearing the place down....
Watch Hill Aerie
Ever since I was ten years old, I have spent nearly every summer in a small oceanside town in New England. Set on a point of land that juts out into the Atlantic, it is dotted with simple shingle cottages, many built in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Despite the passage of time, those cottages have never l...
Jethro Coffin House Reimagined
A group of NYSID students
designed two rooms in the Jethro
Coffin House, the oldest house on Nantucket,
for Nantucket by Design, a festival of design taking place this week, organized by the Nantucket
Historical Association. The house was built in 1686 as a wedding gift to Jethro Coffin and his ...
A Week in Nantucket
This week we were invited to speak at the Nantucket By Design luncheon benefiting the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA). Celebrating creative design across many fields and disciplines the week of events, formerly the August Antiques Show and the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket, builds on 38 years of histo...
Nantucket has been top of mind lately, as John Ike, Joel Barkley and I are heading out there Tuesday morning to take part in all the Nantucket by Design festivities. I grew up in New England and I love going to the island to see all the great buildings, in fact I've even be lucky enough to design some. Nantucket, ...
A Mood of Sunny Summers Past
"Summer sky, summer sea, summer breeze - a house built to savor them all" An enticing title for the cover story of the July 1968 issue of House Beautiful, written by Editor Elizabeth Sverbeyeff. This week we took a look back at summer houses buried in our precious collection of design magazines from the late ...
Summer House Essentials
by Ross Padluck
With the height of the summer season upon us, summer Fridays conjure up thoughts and anticipation of an early escape from the city to a tranquil weekend retreat. Whether you’re heading out East this
summer, to the Vineyard or up to the Catskills, there are some key essentials to look for whether you're renting...
Off the Grid: Mohonk Mountain House
There's a magical place right outside New York City. Lake Mohonk Mountain House. Albert Smiley purchased a small inn and 280 acres of land in 1869, and expanded on the historic resort hotel until 1910. It sits on the Shawangunk Ridge, on the western side of the Hudson River.Smiley continually expan...
Scouting Sinker Cypress
There’s a lot more to being an architect than
drawing all day. One of the most
important parts of my job is sourcing materials for the design of a house. Materials give personality, character, and
texture to a home.This is where my story of scouting sinker
cypress comes in. At the turn of the 20th ce...
A Shingle Style Pilgrimage in Newport: Stanford White's Isaac Bell House
As an architect from the northeast who often designs in
the shingle style, I have long been fascinated with the shingle style homes
that dot New England towns. Courtesy of The Preservation Society of Newport County. I’ve written before on The Journal about my fondness for these
residences, but there are some ...
Ferries of Long Island
The best way to arrive anywhere is by water. And luckily for
me, many of my projects are on the ocean or a beautiful lake. I have worked in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Rhode Island not to mention Orcas Island, Cabo San Lucas and Maui. There are others but working on thi...
Guess who's coming to dinner (Or, some thoughts on Stanford White)
You can have dinner with three famous people, dead or alive. Who would you choose? For as long as I can remember, I’ve answered that one of my guests would be Stanford White. White was an absolutely brilliant architect, delineator, artist; he was a designer-of-all-things, with seemingly infinite creativity. He was al...