the art of architecture is quite intriguing. I’m intrigued with scale, proportion, flow, symmetry and detail. i’m most intrigued with the ability to make something new look and feel old. no one does this better than architect gil schafer III.
i’m drawn to older things and places. i love patina, age, history and charachter. new construction doesn’t usually do it for me, however, gil schafer’s own home, middlefield, in the hudson valley does. the reason is simply because it feels likes it’s been there for over a hundred years, yet it has all the functional, practical and convenient elements of a modern day home.
where do i start? i love the winding drive up to the property, the motor court adjacent to a small barn, the double-story entry portico, the black front door, the high ceiling, the moldings, the large rooms, the idea of a dining room library, the multiple indoor outdoor living spaces wrapping around the house, the modern and functional kitchen and the practical and pristine bathrooms.
there is more- the grounds! the way the home sits on the property. the land surrounding the house is terraced and forms a series of outdoor rooms shaped by stone retaining walls and hedges. i love the potted boxwood’s and potted hydrangeas along the ledges of the property, the endless green grass and the purposeful seating areas for viewing all around- all new, but feels like its been there forever!
there is something about a home that feels as though it has always been there, however, filled with all the necessities and conveniences for living today. i love the idea of something practical having character, something functional being beautiful, and something new feeling old! i love middlefield- the ideal american house!
all photographs from gil schafer’s book the great american house- traditional for the way we live today– a new favorite, a must!