Nantucket Sound Overlook

Osterville, MA

With a design attributed to noted Boston architect Horace Frazer, this grand shingle-style waterfront home in Osterville’s Wianno Historic District has provenance to spare. Built in 1888, it is part of Cape Cod’s early development as a summertime retreat, so its renovation needed to honor that rich history and also look to the future. Frazer designed many of the homes in the area, including the Wianno Club nearby.

Careful editing of the original architecture and the introduction of thoughtful new elements resulted in a thoroughly reimagined property. Even the house’s position on its lot and formal sense of arrival were enhanced, thanks to a motor court flanked by a pair of carriage houses and accessed by a center drive—all newly created.

On the façade, one of the most difficult design decisions concerned the front door. After electing to keep the door in its original location, white paneling was introduced around the existing band of diamond-paned casement windows to create the idea of a formal double-door entry that would draw people in.

Below, open-weave lattice appears to hold the porch up. New England fieldstone clads the new foundation, which was installed by jacking the house up, pouring replacement concrete supports, and then putting the building back in place. This ensures that the 130-year-old house will be around for generations to come.

Interiors now feature a butler’s pantry off the gut-renovated kitchen and a mudroom that provides direct access to a new pool. A reorganized overall floor plan simplifies and opens up the previously convoluted layout, while higher-end finishes than those existing improve the aesthetic of each and every space.

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Bulfinch Award 2020

Residential (Restoration, Renovation or Addition)

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