from the editor
David Sharff Architect, P.C.
in 1937, john p. marquand wrote THE LATE GEORGE
Apley, the delightfully telling tale of Brahmin society in
19th- and early 20th-century Boston. In a famous sums-it-all-up scene, the protagonist’s grandfather sees a man
in shirt-sleeves on the steps of the house across the street
from his bow-front mansion in the South End. Outraged
at the breach of decorum, Apley’s granddaddy sells his
house the next day and moves to Back Bay. One can only
imagine what he would think about the frolicking and
(gasp) grilling that goes on these days atop the Back Bay
condo of interior designer Fotene Demoulas (Page 94).
Times have changed, and aren’t we glad. Our lifestyles are more casual, and so are our houses. Instead of
sipping tea in the parlor with our guests, we welcome
them into our kitchens where they are just as likely to
make the coffee as we are. Instead of the compartmentalized floor plans of the Victorians, we enjoy wide-open living. And we like to make the outdoor
spaces so accessible that they seem a part of the house. That’s what interior and fabric designer Mally
Skok had in mind when she designed her family home in Lincoln, Massachusetts (Page 86), with
floor-to-ceiling windows that remind her of English country houses where one can step right onto
the terrace. It is also what architect Treff LaFleche was thinking when he put an addition on his
1905 Shingle Style house in Newton, Massachusetts (Page 98), which has at its heart a breezy family
room that opens to patio, lawn, and gardens. And in Western Massachusetts, architect Sigrid Miller
Pollin (Page 78) nestled her contemporary house into a hillside, making it a cinematic observer of
the Pelham Hills and Holyoke Range.
The Apleys might not approve, but others of their era were more open-minded. Consider
“Aspet,” the summer home and studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Page 46). In 1885, at the height
of the American Renaissance, the renowned American sculptor drew some of the most noted artists, writers, and architects of the day to the little town of Cornish, New Hampshire, creating an
artists’ colony where, we are sure, shirt-sleeves were allowed.
gail ravgiala, editor
SARAH PU TNAM
A TRADITION OF TIMELESS DESIGN
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scott dorrance traveled from
his home in Portland, Maine, to
Boston to photograph a kitchen
and to Camden, Maine, for our
Antiques story. Both pieces
feature Down East treasures:
Kennebec Company of Bath and
pottery expert Rufus Foshee.
comfort zone, page 34
down to earth, page 52.
deborah weisgall writes
about art and culture. Her
second novel, The World
Before Her (Houghton Mifflin),
was published in 2008. A
Massachusetts resident, she
summers in Maine, where she
met Rufus Foshee.
down to earth, page 52
trent bell has a master’s
degree in architecture and
brings his respect for the
discipline to his photography.
For this issue, the resident of
Lewiston, Maine, documents
the repurposing of an 1854
carriage house in Portland into
an architect’s home and
studio. carol de tine, page 18