A Greek Revival, Revived

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A Greek Revival, Revived

This quintessential New England home had led a few different lives. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, the home began as a family residence, then transitioned into a school for many years. The handsome architectural details were featured in the 2018 film set of “Chappaquiddick” as a replica of the Kennedy compound. Red Barn partnered with Red Hammer Builders on a multi-year whole house renovation to modernize the home once more, returning to its origin as a single-family home.

A new formal entry transitions between the front hardscaping and a previously installed glass curtain wall. It features a porte cochère with detailing that both references the home’s original style as well as its oceanfront location, reminiscent of brightwork found on wooden boats. The vestibule was enhanced by creating a double height space with exposed brick and adding French doors to a cased opening leading into a formal reception space (with close proximity to the wet bar). Trim and arched entryways were added to match historic details in other parts of the house.

Another significant update was the replacement of nearly one hundred coastal-grade windows including a custom 21-foot panorama on the main living level overlooking a serene oceanscape just a few hundred yards away. The kitchen was relocated from a service wing to the heart of the first floor, also taking advantage of ocean views. A butler’s pantry went in place of the previous kitchen. The second and third floors were reconfigured to create en suite bedrooms and private decks for each family member, as well as an in-law living suite. Other elements included a guest house and adult game room with a dedicated bath to rinse away the beach before entering the main house.


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