house on the connecticut river, essex, conn.

The glassed-in porches on the south and north can be opened and closed to modulate temperatures inside the house.


The house evokes the area’s rich history of riverboats, many of them with flat hulls supporting two stories of porchlike wooden decks.

Stairs at the entrance lead to the home’s public spaces.

The house is bilaterally symmetrical, like the old riverboats. At the entryway it “floats” between two sheds, as though it’s moored at the end of a dock. Next door is a boat launch used by kayakers and duck hunters.

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