Situated on over two acres on Boston’s historic North Shore, this home is positioned like a sentinel at the entrance to the harbor of Manchester-by-the-Sea. It is one of many historic estates with access to deep-water docks, magnificent boats and views of the Manchester Yacht Club to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
Our clients had a very clear vision for the new home’s aesthetic. Evens Architect’s John P. Margolis drew inspiration from the traditional English Arts & Crafts, especially the work of Philip Webb. While reconfiguring the house within the original footprint was a formidable challenge, John was able to imbue new spirit and vitality into the plan, adding important modern amenities while working within the beloved language of the existing house. The result is both true to both the spirit of place and the client’s lifestyle.
The exterior incorporates extensive stonework, shingle cladding and pebble dashing on three floors. All of the living areas and bedroom suites have expansive ocean views, while the main stairway with its two-story fenestration frames a precious view of harbor beyond. In collaboration with landscape architect Laura Gibson, the existing property was reinvented, incorporating existing groves of rhododendrons and specimen trees, and relocating the driveway to preserve more space at the water’s edge, to better accommodate two adjoining structures including an existing guesthouse and carriage house.