I walk past the back of this historic brick building several times a week. So often, in fact, that I sometimes forget how remarkable it is. Warm, old brick, bold, over-hanging eaves, delicate snow guards, spare windows with simple, single-leaf board shutters, sporting minimalist star cut-outs and hard-working strap hinges create a spare, yet distinguished, presence that is quietly stately. It isn’t hard to guess that this is a Federal period building. Materials and their thoughtful arrangement can be powerful communication tools. This building says ‘trust me’.
by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast