New Village Captain’s House

Edgartown Village Historic District, MA

Nestled in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, this Captain’s House proudly communicates historic character. Its two greatest surprises, however, are that it is all new construction and that a bright, open program for contemporary family living is contained within. 

Clients had long owned a Vineyard property with an abutting buildable lot. Their request for a new home on the empty parcel was a structure that would respect the fabric of the neighborhood but live for modern day. The result is a custom residence in the classic vernacular with features that delight homeowners and guests alike. 

The pleasing symmetry on what appears to be an 1800s Greek Revival massing features a large Palladian window centered beneath a front-facing gabled end. Details including white clapboard, Essex green shutters, window boxes and doors, copper lanterns, and a traditional Edgartown fence all but backdate the brand-new house. Stepped down to one side is a wing that could have been built after the main mass which features a charming porch swing and a secondary entrance. To the other side of the residence and set back on the lot, a freestanding multi-purpose carriage house holds space for automobiles, guests, and cabana functionality. 

Inside, the home’s layout surprises at every turn. A concrete foundation with a 10’ pour allows for lower-level guest bedrooms and entertaining areas that feel anything but below grade. On the main level, two-story ceilings in the great room allow for volume not often experienced within older properties. A wall of windows along the back of the residence brings incredible natural light into the kitchen and dining area while a first-floor primary bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings grants homeowners a luxurious private retreat as they age in place. Thanks to a privet hedge and careful architecture, an inviting covered porch and rear aquatic program are completely hidden from street view.