Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.
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some day soon, especially if you've come to the conclusion that your current residence – notwithstanding all the pleasures it has lent you over the years – isn't everything you want it to be, consider taking a leisurely drive around the neighborhoods in Wellesley and Weston you find most attractive. Dreaming comes at no cost, so whether you've come to the point that you're thinking of building a new home or refurbishing one you already own, allow your- self the pleasures of casual consideration. The warm days of summer allow for such skylarking, especially in light of the winter past that by now (hopefully) is but a fading memory. Keep a sharp eye for homes that appeal immediately to your per- sonal taste. You might also make a note of those you encounter, no matter what their age or design, that represent what the architectural historian and critic Vincent Scully once called "Shingle Style." How do you know when you've spotted a Shingle Style home? Well, the look confirms the name. Shingle Style is often called "Colonial Revival" for its more than occasional resemblance to the Federal man- sions, quaint saltboxes, and cape-style homes reminiscent of 18th and early 19th century New England. "Queen Anne," a later 19th-century architectural style favoring expansive designs also fits within the genre. But however they're conceived, these homes usually favor pronounced gables and inviting clusters of windows with mullions above and clear glass below and yes, even more gables set off by a tower or two. Wide, shaded porches are also part of the package, along with all those lovely, ubiquitous shingles, often cut from red cedar and cover- ing exterior surfaces in their entirety. The surfaces tend to flow and turn, then turn again, and all the while sporting natural, stained, or painted shingles. 43 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e P E T E R G O L D E N writer C O U R T E S Y O F P A T R I C K A H E A R N / P H O T O B Y G R E G P R E M R U a renaissance in residential design