Tour de Force

Highfield Hall is one of Falmouth’s brightest architectural marvels. And on July 20, it casts its glow on more of the town’s stellar buildings during the Architects’ House Tour.

Tour de Force

Featuring 10 designs by some of the area’s most notable architects, the house tour helps fund the upkeep of historic Highfield Hall, built in 1878 in Queen Anne Stick-style as a summer home for the Beebe family. Just as Highfield Hall is a classic, the homes on the Falmouth tour reflect the uncanny ability of each architect to interpret style and establish a sense of place, capitalizing on the area’s natural beauty. While styles may change through the decades, classic design principles are never outdated.

Architect Denise Bonoli

Tour de Force

This waterside home on Nye’s Neck was built 11 years ago, but it has a timeless look. That aura syncs perfectly with the family—three generations who share it for most of the summer. “Working on the Cape brings a unique set of issues,” says architect Denise Bonoli. In this project, it meant creating not just comfortable places for the family to gather, but small intimate nooks as well. The second and third generations spend most of their time on the second floor, where the children have a special room with a deck. The deck itself is a sweet summer spot, with breathtaking views of Buzzards Bay.

Architect Mark Hutker

Tour de Force

When Mark Hutker, principal of Mark Hutker Architects on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, designed his family home, he had a unique challenge: to accommodate the family’s multi-dimensional life and support his vision of sustainable architecture. The result is a lovely expression of Hutker’s interpretation of regional vernacular style. Industrial touches in the spacious interior—including open stairs and a welded banister—are subdued with painted cedar Nantucket board and furniture that mixes 1950s American and European pieces. Radiant heat and solar panels conserve energy. The house has evolved with the family: As Hutker’s wife, Carla, says, “We keep adding layers to our life.” An especially delightful note: From the air, the house has the outlines of a piano, reflecting the family’s love of the instrument.

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Mary Grauerholz

Mary Grauerholz is the communications manager of the Cape Cod Foundation and a freelance writer.

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