Thanks to Pinterest, I recently stumbled upon a farmhouse designed by one of my favorite Architects, Gil Schafer. It was originally featured in the June 2012 issue of Architectural Digest, and I’m not sure how I missed it! This beautiful home is located on a 400-acre working farm in New York’s bucolic Dutchess County and was commissioned by a Manhattan couple with three children, all avid equestrians. “My goal was to avoid a new-looking building in a bald field,” Schafer said to Architectural Digest. “Instead I tried to establish an organic sense of place, grown over time, by inventing a certain architectural mythology.” Schafer is known for his keen ability to sensitively renovate historic homes, and for building historically accurate new old homes.
The 9,000 square foot Colonial Revival main house was built of Connecticut granite fieldstone, and the interior was designed to reinforce the idea that the house grew over time, with the interior architecture and moldings rooted in the American Federal period. The decoration, also by Schafer’s office, is ongoing and responds to the clients’ love of collecting antiques and sporting art as well as the need for a gracious and comfortable setting for family life. The house was the recipient of a 2012 Stanford White Award for New Residential Construction. Photography below is via Architectural Digest and G.P. Schafer Architect.
I am such a huge fan of Gil Schafer’s work, and I highly recommend his books The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now and A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House. You can also see more of my favorite projects by clicking the links below:
- TIMELESSLY TRADITIONAL BY MILES REDD AND GIL SCHAFER
- A HISTORICALY INSPIRED DUTCH COLONIAL BY GIL SCHAFER
- A PLACE TO CALL HOME BY GIL SCHAFER III
- A MILES REDD HOME HITS THE MLS! (Gil Schafer architect)