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Building on the Maine Tradition
Carol A. Wilson Architect FAIA, Maine
Adding another layer of modern amen-ities to the new wing is a geothermal system providing both heat and air conditioning, the latter a comfort the old part of the
house still lacks.
Further bridging old and new, the
original swinging door between the butler’s
pantry and formal dining room remains in
place. Weathered and worn, the pine door
is fitted with a porthole window for viewing who’s coming and going, an important
safety feature, to be sure, but also, one can
imagine, a window into an earlier era.
the curved mahogany counter (top) is a close
match in color to the floor-to-ceiling teak cabinets
that hold tableware and linens. Martin
Woodworks of West Warwick, Rhode Island,
crafted the wall of cabinetry (above) from teak
doors and built-ins found in the original house.
They are connected by an expanse of new
glass-door display cabinets.