246 West Laurel Avenue

Year of award: 
2010
Award category: 
Infill
Original architect: 
Melichar Architects
Year built: 
2008

This colonial Connecticut farm-style house and landscape are located along West Laurel Avenue, comfortably compatible in scale and materials with neighboring homes and adjacent Open Lands preserves. Completed in 2008, it drew inspiration from the 1926 David Adler designed summer home built for William and Helen Blair at Crab Tree Farm. The exterior building materials include Halquist Wisconsin limestone, cedar roof shingles, and beaded siding, which echo the residence’s colonial design. The detailing is in character with the home’s design and includes dormers, copper gutters and downspouts, detailed cupolas and classically dimensioned columns. Becky Nagel wrote of her home: “The house is meant to be simply elegant but emphasizing its interrelationship with nature, especially as we are situated within preserved land and are lovers of the out-of-doors.”