Merle Thorpe Architects

Shingled Cottage


Located in a cove near St. Michaels, MD, this new house is being constructed overtop of the existing foundation of a 1960s era “Deck House,” under the canopy of a mature tree-line along the protected shoreline. The house captures long distance water-views through strategic keyholes. The American Shingle style of the new house – popularized by McKim, Mead and White – is reminiscent of early 20th century family camps. While American Shingle is not a common vocabulary for the Eastern Shore, cedar shingled siding is a common vernacular material; that and its use in wooded settings give it legitimacy for this property. The American Shingle cottage introduces a young, yet familiar vocabulary that complements this distinguished setting.

 

 

 

 

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