the covered porch
is a hallmark of the
Shingle Style house.
Margolis uses one of
his as an outdoor
dining room. Awnings
roll down to block the
sun during luncheons
or afternoon teas.
space. The lawn terminates at an ironwork pavilion covered with vining blue and lavender clematis, which crowns
a small alfresco seating area. Garden beds front a series
of evergreen shrubs sheared to geometric shapes that
resemble classical sculpture. All of this is
designed around a standard classical form,
the golden rectangle, the geometric shape
in which the removal of a square results in
another rectangle with the same ratio as the original. At
least since the early 16th century (some say as far back as
ancient Greece), artists and architects have considered the
golden rectangle an aesthetically pleasing form. It is an
appropriate backbone for a garden by an architect whose
residential work includes some Modernist designs, but
who asserts that he “strongly subscribes to the classical
tradition,” whether indoors or out.
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