Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly

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Princeton Architectural Press, Sep 2, 2009 - Architecture - 167 pages
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Architects James Estes and Peter Twombly have described their nearly two decades of work as "quiet modernism." Their Rhode Island-based firm, Estes/Twombly Architects, builds modestly sized and geometrically precise houses that are unique to their New England locale without being style-driven. These award-winning homes reflect the area's strong architectural heritage--white cedar shingles, sliding barn doors, standing-seam metal roofs--without being derivative. Yankee Modern features ten elegant houses in Rhode Island and Connecticut that are moderate in scale and budget yet quietly large in ambition. For Estes/Twombly, each building site, whether responding to a view, a neighbor, or the terrain, requires a unique solution. Through careful integration of site and design, the architects create enough natural heat and ventilation to defy the rugged New England climate and extend the warm seasons.

Estes/Twombly's multiple award-winning Cyronak House on Block Island combines a modern, open plan--so suitable for the way most families live today--with time-tested local materials; sliding barn doors enclose a small courtyard entry and protect it from north winds, while to the south a small deck catches summer afternoon breezes. The pair of simple two-story blocks that comprise the Danevic House are turned at right angles and pulled apart to make outdoor spaces and take advantage of different views. A latticework tower joins them, acting as a transition between indoors and outdoors, the private and public realms. Sumptuous photography, charming drawings, and detailed plans fully illustrate Estes/Twombly's commonsense design solutions. Author William Morgan's opening essay traces the firm's development and situates their work in both regional and historical contexts. Yankee Modern is a welcome return to the simple pleasures of modest, innovative architecture, sensitive to its site and clients' needs.

 

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Contents

Foreword
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Wolf House
22
за Cyronak House
38
so Freeman House
50
ее Estes House
70
OLeary House
76
se McKeough House
90
loo Osprey House
100
иг Barker House
112
DanevicBernard House
132
we Stonington House
Project Credits
Copyright

About the author (2009)

William Morgan is an architectural historian and a photographer based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of The Cape Cod Cottage.

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