THE IDEA WAS ALL-AMERICAN. The Usonian house that inspired the design of the Vermont residence featured on Page
108 (“Wright by the River”) was the idealistic brainchild of Frank Lloyd Wright. As an architect, Wright’s vision is unquestioned, but his success was reliant on wealthy
patrons. He wanted to create houses for the middle class. In 1936, with the country still in the Great Depression, he designed the Usonian prototype. Grounded in the
Prairie style he made famous, it had a one-story horizontal profile, natural materials, a strong indoor-outdoor connection, and a 2-by-4-foot grid pattern to make construction economical. There was no attic or basement, a carport replaced the garage, and the kitchen and bedrooms were small, with most square footage dedicated
to a central living area. Yet, Wright intended each to be tailor-made to meet the owner’s needs. Alas, these seemingly simple houses rarely proved to be low-budget
and became the realm of families of more comfortable means. Today, these landmarks sell for millions of dollars, and affordable housing is still an elusive public goal.
on the cover A holiday welcome by interior
designer Michael Carter. Photo by Eric Roth.
story, page 100
18 Editor’s Note
22 Out + About
28 visit • Bold and Beautiful
Interior designer Dane Austin creates a
live-work space that is complex, refined,
39 selections • All Is Bright
Southern-style menus inspire sparkling
decor for holiday parties.
52 kitchen + bath
A family learns that dream renovations
take time — and are worth the effort.
62 art • Star Attraction
A childhood fascination with the night
sky led Oliver Blumgart to a career in
70 places • All Saints Be Praised
The restoration of a historic church is
a tribute to its original architect’s grace
76 design focus • The Meaning of Home
A thoughtful design gives two survivors
of the Boston Marathon bombings
accessibility with panache.
82 icon • Trailblazers
New England’s scenic roads proudly
track the history of the US highway.
88 local wares
Homegrown at Boston Public Market
92 insight • Dreamscaper
Architect and educator, MIT’s Meejin
Yoon situates sculptural works in
139 et al. • Literary Greetings
142 Advertiser Index
144 take note • Somthing Old, Something
New at Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm