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FEDERAL REVIVAL HOUSE
WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS
(w/Dell Mitchell Architects)

Designed for a young family in suburban Wellesley, this 4,500 sf house used early 19th century Federal houses in Salem, Massachusetts for inspiration, in planning, massing, and detailing. To minimize the mass of the large house on a small lot, the main block utilized the typical proportions of first period Federal houses, along with the classic center-entry “four square” plan with the center hall and stairway to the second floor bedrooms.

The main living part of the house, the kitchen and family room, were “added” to the rear, to appear as this was a later addition, but using the same details as the main house. Above the two stall garage a bonus room provides for a large playroom for the children. The kitchen, breakfast area and large family room with a fireplace surrounded by bookcase millwork is open but defined by a column and large cased openings. The feeling of the house is of a relaxed formality, classically elegant, but still casual for a growing family.