This new home is part of a 100-acre estate and sits atop a sweeping lawn at the crest of the hill overlooking the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain beyond. The residence is in the Shingle Style, with a touch of Colonial Revival symmetry and porch detailing. It is subtle yet majestic, with 11-foot-high ceilings and deep wraparound porches. Porches are important; they provide a transition point, and give human scale, to the great outdoors. Large bay windows afford wide open views to all the Western River views, yet are classically detailed.
The interior of the first floor is casually elegant, with rooms seamlessly flowing into one another, while still allowing each room its own sense of place.
The second floor has a dramatic master bedroom with a wall of bay window glass, and its own private porch, while the children’s area shares a beautifully appointed two-story library off their bedrooms.
We were constantly balancing the 1908 architectural-historical perspective with the more informal way people like to live now.
When the couple purchased a historic estate in the Hudson Valley, they did so with every intention of restoring, renovating and expanding the original 1908 house. But then came the opportunity to acquire the rest of the hill it was on, including a plateau at the crest that afforded panoramic meadow, mountain and river views.
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Mr. Mackin and Mr. Platt both approached the library in such an inventive manner. The ceiling is unexpected (and brilliant), and the furnishings are current and classic at the same time.
The residence is in the Shingle Style, with a touch of Colonial Revival symmetry and porch detailing.“ It overlooks one-hundred acres of land in the scenic Hudson Valley. And every aspect of this home is truly exceptional.”
“One custom piece—the smallest—says it all: a simple wooden Flag Side Chair, its tractor seat supported by dowelled legs, and backrest pierced by random “American flag” stars—but with a profile reminiscent of Arne Jacobsen’s Danish modern Ant Chair. It’s a classic tale, told in the language of our time.”
How does a designer create interiors for a historic house that are apparently of the period, yet still possess a contemporary flavor? That was the dilemma posed by this private estate, located on 125 magnificent Hudson Valley acres near West Point.
,,, a symmetrical cedar-shingle-and-fieldstone structure with 11-foot ceilings, a wealth of period detail and a classic deep wraparound porch.
Classically inspired though it was, its floor plan and flow are thoroughly modern. Rooms open airily to one another and to the generous main hall. As Mackin explains, “We were constantly balancing the 1908 architectural-historical perspective with the more informal way people like to live now.” (July 2010)