Fun facts about the town of Mashpee…
- Since 1960, when the town reported 867 residents, the population has increased more than 16-fold.
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town’s population is 14,006. From 2000 to 2010, Mashpee grew by nearly 8.2 percent (1,060 new residents), the largest such increase of any town on the Cape.
- Mashpee occupies 27.2 square miles, making it comparable in size to Westhampton, Massachusetts and Choctaw, Oklahoma.
- Mashpee will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2020—the same year Plymouth commemorates its 400th birthday. In 1995, Mashpee’s 125th birthday was celebrated by some, and lamented by others, including some Wampanoags who view the anniversary as a painful reminder of their tribe’s woes since the colonists’ arrival.
- English colonists, including Richard Bourne of Sandwich, began to settle in Mashpee in 1658; during the 1660s, colonists designated an area of some 50 square miles in the settlement for Indians who had converted to Christianity.
- After King Philip’s War (1675-1678), many Wampanoag of the mainland were resettled to Rhode Island, or in the praying towns of Barnstable County, and thus Mashpee became the state’s largest Native American reservation.
- Built in 1684 on the site of Richard Bourne’s first Mashpee meetinghouse, the Old Indian Meeting House was a Christian church for Indians. The structure was moved to its current location in 1717, and in 1998 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- In 1763, the leaders of Plymouth Colony gave oversight of the Mashpee plantation to the Wampanoag people, so that they could elect their own leaders. This was revoked in 1788.
- William Apess (1798-1839), an Indian of Pequot lineage, who was raised in Western Massachusetts primarily by whites, fought in the War of 1812, and was ordained as a Methodist minister, moved to Mashpee in the early 1830s to protest for the tribe’s rights following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Apess became a spokesman for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, and in 1835 wrote Indian Nullification of the Unconstitutional Laws of Massachusetts, Relative to the Mashpee Tribe.
- While the Old Colony Railroad extended to 14 of the 15 Cape Cod towns as the 19th century progressed, a passenger rail line was never established in Mashpee.
- Inspired by the town’s centennial in 1970, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum was established in the Bourne-Avant house on Main Street (Route 130) by the Mashpee River. The museum tells the story of the Wampanoag people through artifacts, tools, hunting and fishing implements, weapons, baskets, and more.
- In 1976, the Mashpee Tribe sued the town in an effort to retrieve what the tribe claimed was its ancestral lands in Mashpee—including the village of New Seabury. In its decision, the court ruled that the plaintiffs had not constituted a ‘tribe,’ during different points in the town’s history.
- In 2007, however, the mashpee tribe garnered federal recognition as one of two Wampanoag tribes in Massachusetts.
- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Pow Wow has been held annually for 92 years. The festivities—held at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in July of 2013— include Native American dancing, drumming, arts, and more.
- Earl Mills Sr. served as chief of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe for many years, and is well known in town for his role as a physical education teacher and as the founder and former owner of The Flume restaurant. In 1996, Mills and Alicja Mann wrote, Son of Mashpee, Reflections of Chief Flying Eagle, A Wampanoag.
- Danna “Dee Dee” Jackson is the Pow Wow princess for 2013-2014. A student at Falmouth High School, her Indian name is Mushutahshunees or ‘little storm.’
- The Mashpee One-Room Schoolhouse was built in 1831 on Red Brook Road in South Mashpee. Over the years the building has had different owners (The Baptist Youth Society, the town itself) and different locations. The Mashpee Women’s Club completed an extensive restoration of the building in 2003, and in 2008 it was relocated to Great Neck Road.
- Mashpee High School, home of the Falcons, was founded on Old Barnstable Road in 1996. Prior to that, high-school students in town attended Falmouth High, seven miles away.
- Mashpee High’s football team captured the MIAA Division 4 State Title in December of 2011 by defeating Cardinal Spellman, 34 to 8, at Gillette Stadium.
- Founded in 1934, 4-H Camp Farley Outdoor Education Center on Route 130 offers overnight and day camps in summer where attendees can learn about the outdoor world and have fun in the process. Activities include archery, high and low ropes courses, fishing, horseback riding, and learning about barnyard animals.
- Opened in 1941, The Popponesset Inn Restaurant—which is part of the New Seabury resort—hosts events and dinners, and the menu features poached halibut, hazelnut prawns, and poppy crab cakes; in the past, the building served as the officer’s club for the Otis Air Force Base.
- Rachael Ray, the well-known host on The Food Network attended elementary school in Mashpee before her family moved to New York.
- Featured on The Food Network in 2010, Cupcake Charlie’s in Mashpee Commons offers flavors including Grammy’s Carrot Cup, Rockin’ Red Velvet, and Chocolate luvs Vanilla.
- The Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee offers many unique child-friendly exhibits, including a castle area, post office, music room, and a display focusing on the fascinating Bernoulli Principle—and its effect on flowing fluids. A new exhibit slated to open in 2014—The Fish Market—will teach visitors about marine life, seafood, and the Cape Cod fishing industry.
- The shopping center we know today as Mashpee Commons began in the 1960s as the New Seabury Shopping Center. In 2013, Mashpee Commons hosted two summer ‘block parties’ and two more are scheduled for 2014. About 8,000 people attended last year’s events, which featured face painting, balloon animals, bubbles, and six live bands.
- Bobby Byrne’s restaurant is one of the longest tenured of Mashpee Commons’ 99 businesses, opening there in July of 1973. Today, the company has restaurants in Hyannis and Sandwich as well, featuring comfort foods such as Bobby’s steak tips, chicken pot pie, and lobster macaroni and cheese.
- Together with the town and Hot Diggity—a specialty dog boutique—Mashpee Commons hosts an annual Halloween Kid and Dog Parade. The parade of costumed kids and decorated dogs steps off from the library green and proceeds through the commons, finishing by Bobby Byrne’s.
- At the conclusion of the 2013 parade, more than 40 dancers from New England Ballet Theatre of Mashpee performed a choreographed dance to Michael Jackson’s classic, “Thriller”. Check out the video on facebook.
- Opened by Bobby Byrne in January of 2013, The Lanes Bowl & Bistro in Mashpee Commons has food, drinks, and a record-high bowling score of 278; the identity of the record holder, however, is unknown—except to her or him.
- A Mashpee Commons tradition is carriage rides around the commons during the holiday season. The carriages and the horses are provided by Paradise Stables of Yarmouth, and the rides—offered free to the public—run from Black Friday to Christmas.
- The carriages are led by two, 2,000-pound black percheron or grey dapple percheron horses, the latter of which turns solid white as the horse get older.
- In addition to the shops, the restaurants, the movie theater, the bowling alley, the horses, the carriages, and the coffee shops, Mashpee Commons is also home to Cape Cod LIFE Publications.
- The founder of Dunkin’ Donuts, the late William Rosenberg (1916-2002), owned a home in Mashpee.
Fun facts about the town of Falmouth…
Fun facts about the town of Falmouth…
- Falmouth is approximately 54.4 square miles—including about 10 square miles of water—making it comparable in size to Fritz Creek, Alaska.
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Falmouth’s population is 31,532, representing a 4 percent decline since 2000 (32,660).
- On March 25, 1701, every housekeeper in Falmouth was asked to kill six old—or 12 young—blackbirds, or four jays, by June 15 of that year, or incur an additional tax.
- Katharine Lee Bates, author of “America the Beautiful”, was born in Falmouth in 1859; today, a street in town is named for her.
- The Great New England Hurricane in September of 1938 ravaged parts of the Cape including Woods Hole, Falmouth, and Bourne—as well as Long Island, New York, and communities in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
- During World War II, the U.S. military leased Washburn Island in Waquoit Bay and used the property to practice amphibious assaults; soldiers trained on Washburn were involved in operations in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, and the Pacific.
- Founded in 1930, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) is the largest, non-profit oceanographic research institute in the world; WHOI’s scientists study the ocean, weather, and marine life, including the sharks and seals in Cape waters.
- Currently under construction in Washington, Research Vessel Neil Armstrong is scheduled for completion and christening in 2014; WHOI will operate the 238-foot research vessel—America’s newest—and conduct oceanographic research and missions.
- The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free. The aquarium features 140 species of marine animals including seals, lobsters, spider crabs, and starfish. Note: there is also an aquarium in Falmouth, England.
- On August 17, 1965, journalist Robert Manry (1918—1971) completed a 78-day trip from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Falmouth, England, aboard his 13-1/2 foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle.
- Ponder this: Falmouth has a plethora of ponds, including: Green, Bournes, Mill, Eel, Eel (II), Oyster, Salt, Siders, Shivericks, Grew’s, Long, Little, and Great.
- Talk about great, Falmouth has the most shoreline and coastline of any town on the Cape. On the Falmouth coast, visitors will find Nobska Light, considered by many to be the Cape’s most picturesque lighthouse.
- For fine cuisine and classic old Cape Cod ambiance, the Coonamessett Inn is a favorite with year-rounders, seasonal visitors—and brides! More than 150 weddings are held here every year.
- In addition to Merlot and Pinot Grigio, Cape Cod Winery of East Falmouth offers wines including Nobska Red, Nobska White, and Cranberry Chardonnay.
- ‘The Knob’ is the name of a small, yet picturesque outcropping of land by Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole; other kinds of knobs are available in town at Aubuchon Hardware, Eastman’s Hardware, Ace, Falmouth Lumber, and Wood Lumber.
- Liberte’, the Schooner, is docked in Falmouth Harbor from July through Labor Day for tours, charters, and weddings. The 74-foot vessel, owned by Captain Chris Tietje, and his first mate, Jane, embarked upon 149 voyages in the summer of 2013.
- Coffee Obsession—which has café locations on Palmer Avenue and on Water Street in Woods Hole—abides by the motto “an honest brew makes its own friends.”
- In July of 2014, The Barnstable County Fair marks its 170th anniversary.
- In December of 2013, Falmouth hosted its 50th annual Christmas Parade—the largest holiday parade in Southeastern Massachusetts; the parade travels from the Falmouth Mall along Main Street to the village green.
- The puns have it; great business names in Falmouth include Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream and Inn Season Resorts Surfside.
- Since 2008, the Naukabout Festival has been held every summer at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds; the event features food, beer, and more than eight hours of music. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ‘naukabouts.’
- The Falmouth Art Center on Gifford Street offers a variety of classes in mediums including weaving, rug hooking, and ‘an introduction to pastels.’
- Adelaide Cummings, a native of Memphis, Tennessee and the poet laureate of the town of Falmouth, turns 100 in 2014.
- Falmouth and Barnstable high schools have had a Turkey Day football rivalry since 1895; in 2013, Barnstable won in a holiday pasting, 47 to 0.
- Future MLB Hall of Famer, Harold “Pie” Traynor, played for the Falmouth Commodores in 1919. The third baseman played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is the only player to ever successfully steal home in an All Star game.
- A veteran of the Cape Cod Baseball League, former Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury played for Falmouth in 2004.
- 100 runners participated in the first Falmouth Road Race in 1973; today, more than 12,000 runners take part in the August event.
- David Duba, a student from Central Michigan University who was visiting the Cape, won the first Falmouth Road Race with a time of 39:16; Jenny Taylor of Cambridge was the first female finisher at 47:23.
- Winners of the 2013 Falmouth Road Race—the 41st annual—were, Micah Kogo and Joyce Chepkirui, both of Kenya; Krige Schabort and Jill Moore won the wheelchair divisions.
- Paul Harney and his wife, Patti, founded The Paul Harney Golf Course in East Falmouth in 1967. Paul, who died in 2011, was a pro golfer who was fourth in the U.S. Open in 1963 and tied for fifth at The Masters the following year.
- The Golf Club of Cape Cod in East Falmouth hosts numerous amateur events each year and has been chosen as a qualifying course for the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships.
- Founded in 1977 by Monica Dickens—Charles Dickens’ granddaughter—The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands organization has a facility in Falmouth where volunteers field 24,000 crisis calls a year and pay visits to at-risk seniors.
- The Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival—held in September at Falmouth Academy—is a fundraiser for The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands.
- The Falmouth Service Food Pantry provides food for 1,200 households each month to residents of Falmouth, Mashpee, and Joint Base Cape Cod; the pantry also runs a holiday toy distribution program.
Fun facts about the town of Sandwich…
- Sandwich is approximately 44 square miles, making it comparable in size to the Bronx, New York.
- First settled in 1637, Sandwich was incorporated in 1639 and is the oldest town on Cape Cod.
- Sandwich celebrates its 375th anniversary in 2014, with festivities planned throughout the year including parties, lectures, a ukulele concert at Town Hall (March 2), and Heritage Day(June 14).
- Sandwich does not get its name from the popular bread-meatsbread lunch option, but rather, a seaport in Kent, England.
- The town motto—Post tot Naufracia Portus—is Latin for “after so many shipwrecks, a haven.”
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Sandwich is 20,675.
- In 1810, the cost of stagecoach fare for a one-way trip from Boston to Sandwich was $3.63. Coaches would leave Boston three days a week at 5 a.m., stop
for a meal in Scituate, and arrive on the Cape by nightfall.
- When a British vessel demanded the town of Sandwich pay a ransom during the War of 1812 or risk the destruction of their saltworks and other properties, the town refused, as did Falmouth, Barnstable, and Orleans.
- In 1825, entrepreneur Deming Jarves brought the industry of glassblowing to Sandwich. Jarves’ company, the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, made world famous plates, glasses, and dinnerware for more than 60 years before closing in 1888 following a workers’ strike. Today, the Sandwich Glass Museum on Main Street shares the story of the industry’s history in town.
- Built in 1834, Sandwich Town Hall is one of the first town halls to be built in Massachusetts following an 1833 state vote that ratified the separation of church and state referendum, prohibiting the use of municipal buildings for religious purposes.
- In 1848, the railroad arrived in Sandwich.
- On April 11, 1878, the first telephone call on Cape Cod was made at Sandwich Town Hall.
- Prior to April 2, 1884, Sandwich also consisted of the land we know today as Bourne. The town of Bourne was established that day, becoming the last town on the Cape to incorporate. The villages of Sandwich had spread out considerably by the late 1800s and plans were in the works at the time to divide the town further—by a canal.
- In October of 1991, the Sandwich Boardwalk, which crossed scenic Mill Creek and featured planks engraved with special personal messages, was destroyed during Hurricane Bob. Following the storm, residents and business owners purchased $1,700 worth of planks to restore the popular attraction.
- The Sandwich Boardwalk incurred more damage during Super Storm Nemo in February 2013.
- The Dan’l Webster Inn, which has offered lodging for more than 300 years, was named after Daniel Webster, a successful lawyer and senator from Boston who often frequented the establishment from 1815 to 1851.
- Joseph “Joe” Jefferson (1828-1905), a renowned actor in his day, is buried in Bay View Cemetery. Jefferson performed many roles in America, Australia, Tasmania, and London, England, and was a friend of President Grover Cleveland.
- A Sandwich native and an 1891 graduate of Sandwich High, Thornton Burgess was a nature lover, and he wrote about the environment and animals in more than 170 children’s books including Jerry Muskrat Wins Respect, and Buster Bear Invites Old Mr. Toad to Dine.
- The First Church of Christ in Sandwich was featured on the cover of Elvis Presley’s eighth studio album, How Great Thou Art, which featured the gospel hits, “In the Garden” and “Run On.”
- Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Bruins #4, Bobby Orr, owns a summer home in Sandwich.
- Television personalities Maury Povich and Connie Chung own a house in Sandwich.
- Heritage Museums and Gardens on Grove Street celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2014. Permanent exhibits feature a display of classic American cars (including a 1913 Model T Ford), a functioning 1908 carousel, and a collection of American folk art.
- From May 31 through October 26 (2014), the museum features a grandiose outdoor exhibit titled “Big Bugs”. Created by artist David Rogers, the sculptures include 25-foot ants, dragonflies with 17-foot wingspans, and a mysterious assassin bug.
- The Hoxie House on Water Street is one of the oldest homes in the state; the structure was built in the mid-17th century, and owned by the Reverend John Smith in the late 1600s, whaling captain Abraham Hoxie in the 1800s, and since 1959, the town of Sandwich.
- The Shawme-Crowell State Forest is a campground with more than 285 campsites—including yurts.
- Sold to the state in 1912, the Sandwich Fish Hatchery is one of three hatcheries managed by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The facility raises brook, brown, and tiger trout, and visitors can see the different stages of fish development and feed them.
- Visitors during the holiday season have the chance to see a beautiful display in the form of giant light sculptures lining Main Street and Route 6A. Since 1998, Michael Magyar of The Glass Studio on Cape Cod has annually made the giants—which include Old Man Winter, Cranberry Harvest Man, and Peter Rabbit—from steel rebar and lots of lights.
- For the 2014-2015 school year, seventh and eighth graders in town will head to Sandwich High, which will also host Sandwich STEM (Science, Technology, English, and Math) Academy. The town’s three middle schools will enroll students, K-6. Sandwich High’s mascot is the Blue Knight; STEM Academy’s mascot will be The Squire.
- On Thanksgiving Day in 2013, Sandwich High’s football teamwon the Friendship Bowl, defeating Mashpee, 41 – 6.
- In 2012, the Sandwich High boys golf team captured the MIAA Division 2 state title, with a victory at Beverly Golf & Tennis Club. Following the season, The Boston Globe named Sandwich coach Brent Pearsall one of its three Coaches of the Year.
- The Blueberry Bog in Sandwich is a ‘pick your own food’ farm; the bog is open in July and August during blueberry season.
- Award-winners in the 2013 ‘Best Sandwich in Sandwich’ competition were Oscar’s Restaurant’s Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pilot House Restaurant’s Texas Smoked Suckling Pig with Plum Chutney, and The Dan’l Webster Inn’s Cape Cod Pilgrim.
- Famous for its stuffed quahog, the Marshland Restaurant was featured on The Food Network in 2010 during an episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
- The Beehive Tavern sells freshly made “adult ice creams,” including Bailey’s Coffee, Grand Marnier Mango, Captain Morgan Maple, and more.
Fun facts about the town of Bourne…
- In 1884, Bourne was the last town to be incorporated in Barnstable County.
- The distance between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges—built in conjunction with the canal project—is 5.6 miles; according to mapquest.com, it is 62.43 miles from the Sagamore Bridge to Provincetown.
- At the time it was completed in 1935, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge was the longest vertical lift railroad bridge in the world at 544 feet.
- According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Bourne has a population of 19,754, making it the Cape’s fifth-largest town.
- Bourne occupies approximately 52.9 square miles, making it comparable in size to the massive Denver International Airport.
- In 2011-2012, Bourne High School’s football team—the Canalmen—went 13-0 on the gridiron and captured its first Super Bowl title.
- Opened in 1966, Upper Cape Tech on Sandwich Road offers instruction for high school students in many vocations, including carpentry, cosmetology, and engineering.
- Established in 1891, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is the second oldest state maritime academy in the United States; SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx is the oldest.
- The Massachusetts Maritime Academy first admitted female students in 1978.
- 332 students received diplomas during Massachusetts Maritime’s graduation ceremony in June of 2013; Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, delivered the keynote address.
- In the film, Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, a 1979 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime, whose ship, Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates on April 12, 2009; he was rescued by the U.S. Navy four days later. The ship’s first mate, Shane Murphy, is also a graduate of the class of 2001.
- On August 12, 2009, the Bourne Braves defeated the Cotuit Kettleers, 5–1, to win their first ever Cape Cod Baseball League Championship.
- Known to many local fans as ‘YOUUUUK’, former Red Sox third baseman, Kevin Youkilis, played for Bourne in 2000.
- The 2014 Cape League All Star Game will be played Saturday, July 26 at Doran Park, home of the Bourne Braves.
- The Gray Gables Station in Bourne was a private railroad stop used by President Grover Cleveland from 1893 to 1896; in those years—the president’s second term—Cleveland had his “Summer White House” on the Cape.
- The Cape Cod Military Museum—currently housed at the Jonathan Bourne Historical Center—displays exhibits commemorating contributions Americans, particularly those from southeastern Massachusetts, made during the U.S. conflicts of the 20th century.
- Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC), formerly the Massachusetts Military Reservation (renamed in 2013), occupies 22,000 acres in Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Falmouth. The facility consists of the Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards (Army National Guard), and the Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and is also home to more than 30 other tenants.
- On September 11, 2001, the base was informed at 8:34 a.m. that American Airlines Flight 11 had been hijacked; in response, two pilots in F-15 fighter jets were scrambled and flew to New York City in an attempt to curtail the hijackers’ plans.
- Within JBCC, Otis Air National Guard Base gets its name from Lieutenant Frank “Jesse” Otis, a pilot, flight surgeon, and Boston City Hospital surgeon, who was killed while on a training mission with the 101st Observation Squadron in 1937.
- In the spring of 1902, and one day after confessing to the murder of Mary Gibbs in Cataumet—and 30 other people—Jane Toppan was found not guilty by reason of insanity. It is believed Toppan poisoned Gibbs to death, as well as Alden and Mary Davis, Genevieve Gordon, and possibly others. Following the trial, Toppan lived at the Taunton Asylum until her death in 1938.
- Owned and operated by Cape Rail, Inc., the Cape Cod Central Railroad hosts dinner, murder- mystery, and other themed train journeys between Buzzards Bay, Sandwich, and Hyannis.
- Visitors can take Hy-Line Cruise boat tours of the canal in spring and summer; the tours depart from Onset.
- After 44 years in Buzzards Bay Park, the 45th annual Bourne Scallop Festival in September of 2014 will be held in East Falmouth—at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.
- The Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne was dedicated in October of 1980.
- Buzzards Bay got its name from colonists in the area, who saw a large bird they called a buzzard near its shores; the bird was likely an osprey, or turkey vulture.
- Harvard University once owned Amrita Island in Cataumet and used the site as a speaking retreat for professors; in Sanskrit, the term ‘Amrita’ means an ambrosia, or nectar, that gives immortality.
- An oil spill on April 27, 2003 from Tank Barge Bouchard No. 120 killed many birds and destroyed many shellfish in Buzzards Bay. After striking rocks off Westport, the ship leaked an estimated 22,000 to 98,000 gallons of fuel into the waterway.
- In 1627, settlers of Plymouth Colony built the Aptucxet Trading Post (on land located in Bourne today) as a place to trade with Native Americans and the Dutch. In August of 1635, The Great Colonial Hurricane—perhaps the most powerful ever to hit the region—brought 21-foot tides to Buzzards Bay and destroyed the trading post.
- A replica of the Aptucxet Trading Post was built on the foundation of the original structure, which was excavated during the 1920s.
- The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon does not have any apparent connection to the town of Bourne, Massachusetts.
- However, Robert Ludlum’s, The Bourne Retribution, was listed as a ‘new arrival’ at the Jonathan Bourne Public Library in December of 2013.
- The National Marine Life Center on Main Street is a rehab and release facility for stranded sea turtles and seals. Plans are underway to build a new hospital that will allow the organization to also care for dolphins, porpoises, and manatees.
- Founded in 1979, Cape Cod LIFE Publications had an office in Cataumet from 1991 to 1995, and Pocasset from 1995 to 2004.
- The Cape Cod Canal celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014.
- Ships can save 162 miles of travel by sailing through the canal rather than traveling around the peninsula.
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In a conversation with John Ingwersen, one of the three founding principals of Architectural Design Incorporated (AD) of Orleans, two points about the company become readily apparent. First, the work the firm takes on—whether designing a new home or renovating older ones—becomes personal to the architects; each of the three gets involved with every project, and they often form strong bonds and friendships with their clients. The second point that rings true is this: with more than 30 years of industry experience each, the architects—principals Peter Haig, Andrew Miao, and Ingwersen—have been honing their skills for a long time.
Case in point: in business together since 1986, the architects took on a project more than 20 years ago that involved designing a couple’s summer home on Town Cove in Orleans. The requirements for the structure were simple: that the home be cozy and that it feature small windows—protection against strong nor’easter winds. Years passed, and eventually, that couple passed away. Recently, new owners purchased the home, a young couple with children. They hired a familiar architectural firm—Architectural Design Incorporated—to add a bedroom and to open the kitchen/dining room/living room into one large space. The couple also wanted more windows for better views of the water.
Ingwersen says seeing completed homes like this one—and others the firm has designed over the years—in action, and being used as the client intended, is a great feeling. “That’s very satisfying,” Ingwersen says. “It is not just a house and you turn your back on it and go on to the next one.”
In an interview in December, Ingwersen spoke about the philosophy of the firm, some of the projects they have completed over the years, and what it has all meant. In addition to general architecture, the firm provides services and ideas for interior design, energy conservation, and landscape architecture. The architects design new homes and buildings, as well as additions and renovations. The firm also takes on ‘adaptive-re-use’ projects, where the original structure—such as a mill—is reimagined, and transformed into an apartment, or other new use. Much of the firm’s work involves designing homes on Cape Cod, but they do complete some off-Cape projects including, notably, a home in Arizona made mostly of rammed earth.
Ingwersen says communicating with clients is the key to the firm’s work, and one of his favorite parts of the job. “Much of our work is talking to specific clients,” he says. “[The clients] come in and we talk to them. We spend a great deal of time trying to determine who they are and what they are all about.”
Generally, the client has an idea or an outline for a project, and those ideas, those projects, are usually pretty unique. “Our houses are very individual,” Ingwersen says, “and they are all quite different, very much depending on the family and the people that live there.”
“We listen to what they have in mind, what their experiences are, what their background is,” Ingwersen adds. “Some people love porches because when they were little, they were at their grandparents’ house and they had one.”
We do ask a lot of questions too, Ingwersen says, with a goal of nailing down a client’s idea—or expanding on it. “We want to steer them in their original direction,” he says, “or one step beyond it.”
Though their focus is largely residential, the architects have taken on some commercial projects over the years. The firm renovated the interior and completed an addition for the Sandwich Glass Museum in 2002; they also built an addition to the Mass Audubon facility in Wellfleet in 2005. The latter structure is a LEED Platinum project, meaning it includes environmentally friendly building features, such as composting toilets, etc.
Ingwersen earned his master’s in architecture from Harvard, while Miao and Haig earned theirs at MIT. Each got their start in the profession working on large, high-design projects at Boston firms. In 1986, the architects opened Architectural Design Inc. together in Orleans, focusing mainly on residential work.
“The three of us have all different talents,” Ingwersen says, “and on any given project one of us will be the lead on the project and speak with [the client] throughout.” He adds that each principal weighs in on the design for every project.
In recent years, Ingwersen says the firm has been taking on smaller, more budget-minded projects.
Another new addition, the firm is now providing clients with three different price points to demonstrate what could be done on a given project: a minimal, barebones proposal, a medium plan, and an extravagant one with all the fixings. “[Clients] don’t just hire us to draw up the plan they originally had in mind,” Ingwersen says, “but they hire us to give them ideas they didn’t think about.” The architects may suggest removing a ceiling, adding a skylight, or other creative touches.
One trend Ingwersen has been seeing lately is a move to living a more informal lifestyle; clients have been asking for large open spaces rather than specialty rooms, such as formal dining rooms.
There has also been an increase in remodeling and a decrease in new home building. “Construction is still expensive on the Cape,” says Ingwersen, and the price of materials keeps going up. Products such as hurricane windows are more expensive, too.
Another trend that has been especially popular on the Cape is green building and design. “We are in a very fragile environment here on Cape Cod,” Ingwersen says. In recent years, the firm has been incorporating a lot of renewable materials into its designs, with the goal of creating a lesser carbon footprint. The architects also try to use materials produced locally so transportation distances are minimized.
To improve a home’s energy efficiency, the firm lays out a thorough plan for a given project. This may include employing a blower test to determine if and where the home has leaks, installing solar panels, or using spray foam insulation.
Whether it is site conditions such as a steep slope, difficult access to the street, or proximity to wetlands or dunes, many projects have challenging issues to address. And that, Ingwersen says, is where the architect can come in and offer the most help.
“People who hire architects often have challenging conditions,” he says. “Often, the more challenging sites give you more interesting architecture. The limitations, if creatively used, often make more interesting houses.”
What does he like most about the job? “First, it is getting involved with people and their lives,” Ingwersen says. “That is a very gratifying thing to do. We’re very grateful people let us into their lives.” Second, Ingwersen enjoys “designing something so specific it is going to really help people and their well-being.”
During the year, the firm hosts several get-togethers for clients, and Ingwersen says many come back year after year. One client, who had hired the firm to design a home for him in Chatham years ago, hired the architects again to design another home—this time in North Carolina. Ingwersen has since visited the client in that new home; the bond was built and today, the relationship continues.
Fred Felder of Simon’s Supply has some advice for homeowners who have hired professionals to complete their bathroom project: get involved. Felder, the company’s vice president, says he often speaks with customers after the job is completed who say they did not get the right fixture or faucet they were hoping for.
“Ultimately, it is the customer’s home,” Felder says. “Many times they do not know what the homebuilder or designer is installing until it is in. Don’t always leave everything to the professionals.”
In business since 1933, Simon’s Supply specializes in plumbing, heating, and cooling supplies, offering a wide variety of bath products, fixtures, and hardware. The company works with homebuilders and designers as well as individual homeowners who are remodeling their bathrooms, or just need to replace a few fixtures.
The company has showrooms in Yarmouth, Plymouth, New Bedford, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, displaying many bath and shower options, including showerheads, toilets, fixtures, and lighting. The company also sells kitchen sinks and faucets, and has a discount outlet in Fall River.
Felder says one of the advantages Simon’s Supply offers customers is a wide selection of products from several manufacturers. “Because we are more independent,” he says, “we offer a plethora of choices, at all different price points.”
Asked about a special or unique recent project, Felder did not hesitate with his response. “Every person that walks in,” he says. “Their bathroom is unique to them. When it is your house, that is really special. We know it is special to you, and we want to make it special for you, so that this is your bathroom, not your neighbor’s bathroom, not your uncle Morty’s bathroom.”
Simon’s Supply offers products from Grohe, American Standard, Delta, Moen, and other manufacturers. Felder also recommends Icera, a British company in Hong Kong, which has developed some innovative flushing technologies.
Rob McPhee believes that a key component of any new home or renovation project is a good working relationship with the client. “When selecting a builder for a project, it is important to choose someone you trust,” says McPhee, president of McPhee Associates of Cape Cod.
Founded in 1972, the East Dennis-based company has had a successful run for more than 40 years. McPhee says a part of that success is due to an understanding that any project—whether a new home, an addition, or a renovation—starts with an honest conversation.
“It begins with establishing a realistic baseline,” McPhee says. “We need to know what the client wants their home to look like. We talk about the things that are important to them. From there, we put together a proposal that includes a detailed specification list.”
No matter the scope of the project—large or small—McPhee Associates is there to assist their clients through the entire process. McPhee says the relationship he has with his customers does not end when the project is complete. “You want someone who is going to support you from the design phase through construction and afterward.” Read more…
Customers are encouraged to visit Anthi Frangiadis Associates’ unique design showroom in Marion to see products, designs, and ideas that may inspire their own projects. The Drawing Room, as the company’s décor showroom is called, features original handcrafted pieces made by artisans throughout New England.
Select offerings include custom-made upholstered furniture, several lines of cabinetry, various fabrics, and Farrow & Ball paints and wallpaper. With all these choices, visitors are encouraged to “let [their] imagination run wild.”
“Our storefront space for our showroom is good inspiration for our clients, good inspiration for me, and makes it fun to come to work every day,” owner and architect Anthi Frangiadis says. “I like to keep it eclectic in The Drawing Room. I don’t want to dictate one particular look. But the underlying piece here is good design and good craftsmanship.”