Reconstructing the Smith House
With its long family history, this distinctive blue-shuttered house on a quiet corner in Edgartown presented new owners with a restoration quandary.
Long before the wrecking machine took its first bite, the house at 86 South Summer Street was a sad-looking thing – mildewed, peeling, and losing bone mass fast. It looked all the sadder for its prominent site on one of the finest residential corners in Edgartown. Never mind that the street corner sits just outside the Historic District, whose jagged borders are arguably gerrymandered in the first place.Download PDF