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‘it is the very elegance, integration, and proportioned harmony between opposing tensions that makes our world a manifestation of ordered beauty’ Emerson
In the early 20th century, the property on which this home sits, was a production nursery. The remnant plant material was gleaned to supply specimen material used in the new home’s landscape.
The new home was sited around a remnant stands of White Birch, White Pine, and mature Oaks. Additional unique, mature material was moved from other areas on the property and used in the landscape development giving the project an immediate agelessness.
Stone walls and piers flank the brick and cobblestone entry court. The patterning and details found in the court are repeated throughout the estate. A carved sandstone sundial punctuates the court’s center axis.
Separation between the motor court and entry garden is defined by a mature boxwood hedge. An interior courtyard garden with box a miniature parterre leads through the entry and beyond to a Birch ring with Copper Beech as the focal point. A carved stone pattern with inlayed bronze compass marks the transition through circular piers from the more formal entry garden to an intimate woodland path. The rose garden is perched above the orchard which was planted as mature fruit bearing trees. The swimming terrace and vegetable garden lay below. Details repeat in different forms throughout the property. They reinforce the artful and timeless design while adding a richness to the overall project.