ARCHITECTURE ELLIOTT & ELLIOTT ARCHITECTURE
Ken Gray, a hedge fund manager from Philadelphia, is an avid sailor. He and his wife, Dee,
had been cruising Maine waters for years when, about five years ago, they decided to purchase a
place ashore. On a long peninsula dotted with modest cottages and commercial buildings, they
found a rather nondescript cottage, the main structure of which had once been a concession stand
at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds. The 1950s cottage was perched over the water and had, in the best
Maine tradition, been added onto over the years, so the Grays turned to Elliott & Elliott to renovate the mongrel structure.
Corey Papadopoli, project architect for the house, had to inform his clients that “probably
the best thing is to build new.”
“It’s on a 5,000-square-foot site with a 22-foot grade change from top to bottom,” says Papa-
dopoli. “There was nothing to work with. You couldn’t move it, and there was nowhere to move to.