gail ravgiala, editor
in this, our eighth anniversary issue, we have
added Preservation to our design roster. While many
of the projects we cover have preservation at their core,
we thought the topic deserved its own department, where
we could focus on the vast and varied work being done to
save some of New England’s most important architectural,
cultural, and natural assets. The inaugural story is on the
Alvah Kittredge House in Boston’s Roxbury section (Page
62). The mansion was remarkable when it was built in 1836
as the home of a wealthy merchant, and it is remarkable
today, as it has been both preserved and re-purposed as a
home for five families.
And what’s an anniversary without a party? We turned
to some of Boston’s emerging event trendsetters to help
us (and you) throw a fun-without-fuss soiree (Page 124).
Speaking of trendsetters, we went upcountry to find our cover story (Page 54) about
a homeowner who took downsizing to exquisite extremes. With not a wasted inch, Ethan
Waldman built himself a 232-square-foot “tiny house” where he lives simply, yet comfortably. It might not be for everyone, but in a time when climate change and finite resources are a
concern, there are certainly lessons to be learned from the less-is-more approach.
bob o’connor, a Boston photographer, twice jumped in a snowcat last winter to
explore the pulchritude and perils of Mother Nature at the summit of New
Hampshire’s Mount Washington, where he took this self-portrait. “It really is
amazing how quickly the weather changes at the summit,” he says. “Both trips I
took started out with sunny, clear skies and ended with near-zero visibility.”
Luckily for us, he could see enough to shoot still photos and video footage for our
story “Journey to Sublime.” icon, page 80.
courtney goodrich, our associate editor, and the former Courtney
Kasianowicz, married Dan Goodrich, her high school sweetheart, this summer,
and the two honeymooned in beautiful Hawaii. Back to work, Goodrich is smitten
with the collections in Selections. “These things are so beautiful in their own
way,” she says, “and to live with them and see them every day is something very
special.” She also wrote about the polished Back Bay penthouse of Boston
restaurant owner Matt Burns. selections, page 37; moving up, page 118.
from the editor
bruce irving is a renovation consultant, a real estate agent, and the force
behind our Icon column, which explores the places and things that make the
region unique. “I recently visited the Umbrian hilltop town of Montefalco, known
as ‘the balcony of Umbria,’ ” he says. “It was gorgeous (and had some great wine),
but it couldn’t compare with the sublime summit of Mount Washington, the
wind-swept, far-horizoned roof walk of New England. ” He also wrote about an
architect’s commitment to live green in the city. icon, page 80; visit, page 26.
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Saltbox Farm in the past,” she says, “so it was great to see the collaboration and
his food woven into such an inspiring setting.” party planned, page 124.