Historic Island Cape Revisited

Edgartown Village Historic District, MA

This project, situated on a small corner lot, comprised the restoration and renovation of an eighteenth-century cape house and a small barn, reimagined as a pool cabana, plus the construction of a carriage house. These are joined by an “Edgartown fence”—white pickets capped by a rail unique to this locale.

The restoration included raising the original house to create a basement and a new brick-veneered foundation, as well as the preservation of such historic, cape-defining elements as the steep cedar roof, the central brick chimney, and the centered entrance topped with a fanlight. Operable shutters and new window boxes further enhance curb appeal.

At the rear, an eighteenth century–appropriate two-story wing replaces a previous 1909 one-level addition, seamlessly connecting the house to the outdoors. Together with the barn-turned-cabana, this extension bookends the pool. The new two-car carriage house, with living quarters above, completes the intimately scaled compound, subtly hiding the courtyard from the street.