Pennsylvania Fieldstone Restoration

Wellesley Farms, MA

Designed in the 1930s by architect Royal Barry Wills—known for his characterful houses in traditional vernaculars—this Colonial-style stone home was renovated in the 1970s in unsympathetic ways. Its recent renewal reestablished its authentic feeling and nostalgic charms, while expanding it to be more in keeping with its neighborhood.

Now, reimagined flanking wings and a rear wing—slate-roofed like the original—seamlessly extend out from the stone building. These volumes provide wonderful secondary spaces for the enlarged program, even as their white-clapboard cladding and relatively small scale ensure that the central vintage house remains the ensemble’s dominant element.