788 East Woodland Road

Year of award: 
2012
Award category: 
New Construction - Infill
Original architect: 
Phillip Liederbach, Liederbach & Graham
Year built: 
2010

Traditionally, a garden folly or summerhouse is used as a garden retreat on a warm day or as a feature in the landscape.  An exquisite example which survives from the 18th century, is the Derby summerhouse designed by Salem, Massachusetts architect Samuel McIntire for Capt. Elias Hasket Derby’s summer farm in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1793-1794.   For the Lake Forest Folly, architects Liederbach and Graham were commissioned to design a replica of this historic structure to overlook the pool and garden. The original plans, some of which are on display in Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum, were used in 2011 to create an accurate replica of the original summerhouse.  In the Derby Folly, Samuel McIntire created exquisitely carved draped urns, figures of a harvest reaper and milkmaid, on each of the four roof corners.  In this replica, the woodcarvers built urns strictly adhering to the Palladian proportions used by McIntire, with drapery and capitals hand carved from mahogany just as they had been in 1793. Glass was made in France for this project using 1793 methods. This romantic Folly is one of two existing replicas, the other being at Berkeley Villa in Newport, Rhode Island, the 1910 summer home of Derby’s great, great granddaughter, Martha Codman.