The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art announced today that Robert A.M. Stern Architects' House at West Chop has been honored with a 2021 Bulfinch Award. RAMSA Partner Gary Brewer led the design effort.
Set on Main Street among historic houses, this 4,500-square-foot shingled cottage is organized to take advantage of views to Vineyard Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and a landscaped garden. A double-height entry hall leads to a living room with three exposures. The living room, dining room, and screened dining porch are organized around a central kitchen. Upstairs, two porches with sweeping water views extend from the primary bedroom. A cozy children’s bunk room sleeps four with built-in beds; two additional bedrooms offer corner views. Picturesque gables and dormers, classical eaves, painted wood shutters, window boxes, and a flower-covered trellis carry forward the great tradition of Martha’s Vineyard summer retreats.
The Bulfinch Awards are hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England Chapter (ICAA New England) and recognize practitioners from across the nation who are committed to promoting excellence in the classical tradition and allied arts within New England. All eligible projects work toward building upon the legacy of Boston’s early Federal architect, Charles Bulfinch, who is widely regarded to be the first native-born American to work in the field professionally. Initiated in 2010 and modeled on the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards, the New England Bulfinch Awards program is an annual competition. The winners of the Bulfinch Awards will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and dinner gala in the Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club of Boston, designed by Parker, Thomas & Rice on Saturday, October 2nd at 6 p.m.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute is headquartered in New York City with regional chapters across the United States. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures, and conferences. It publishes an academic journal called the Classicist as well as the acclaimed book series called the Classical America Series in Art and Architecture.