When the Farnsworth family built its Rockland, Maine, house in 1850, it was in the center of a thriving coastal town with a lively harbor. Today, the house is one of several buildings that make up the Farnsworth Art Museum that, like the founding family, is devoted to American art. For “The Homestead Project —a Residence Reimagined,” which continues through Sept. 23, museum curators invited 10 architecture firms to submit their concepts of what the 21st-century Farnsworth family (consisting of a well-off couple with three children) would want for its upscale urban dwelling suitable for art collecting, entertaining, and everyday family activities. Firms had to consider 2012 codes as well as the existence of surrounding museum buildings when designing. 

The 10 firms that submitted proposals for the exhibition are:

  • Eric Allyn, Houses & Cottages, Rockland, Maine

  • Alex Anmahian, AIA, and Nick Winton, AIA, Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, Mass.

  • Christopher Campbell, AIA, LEED AP, Christopher Campbell Architecture, Portland, Maine

  • Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York

  • Bruce Norelius, AIA, Bruce Norelius Studio, Los Angeles

  • Susan Rodriguez, FAIA, Ennead Architects LLP, New York

  • Julio Salcedo, LEED AP, scalar Architecture, New York

  • Henry Smith-Miller, AIA, and Laurie Hawkinson, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP, New York

  • Wiebke and Steven Theodore, Theodore + Theodore Architects, Arrowsic, Maine

  • John B. Tittmann, AIA, Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Boston