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Enlightened Architecture and Design
The 18th-century Enlightenment’s focus on reason not only influenced the philosophy, science and politics of the era, but it also had a major impact on architecture. During this “Age of Reason” in Europe, part of a young man’s education was taking “The Grand Tour” of the continent, which included excursions to the ancient ruins of Greece and Rome.
The rediscovery of this classical architecture – both rational and balanced – gave birth to the Georgian and Federal styles of architecture. Known for their clean, classical lines and balanced proportions, these closely related styles are the physical embodiment of rationality.
Although the front portion of the Candleberry Inn’s Main House is often referred to as Georgian, it more closely resembles its cousin, the Federal style, which was common throughout the northern English colonies of North America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“The Candleberry Inn’s detailing is more restrained than the more robust lines of the Georgian style, so I consider the inn to be Federal style,” says Ferraro.
Located at 1882 Main Street, the inn and its buildings are part of the Brewster Old King’s Highway Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The front of the Main House was built by Massachusetts State Senator George Copeland, Esq., around 1800. His wife, Sarah, was a teacher, and in the 1820s ran the Dame’s School for Boys in the front parlor rooms, which are now the Breezing Up and Copeland guest rooms. Later in the 1800s, Sea Captain Francis Foster was also an owner prior to losing his life at sea. The Highlands, Beach Rose and Cricket rooms round out the guest facilities in the Copeland section of the home.
The oldest part of the inn’s Main House – where the dining room and Seacroft Suite are located – was built sometime between 1780 and 1790, and is believed to have originally been a farmhouse.
In the Main House, four of the six guest rooms offer fireplaces. All Main House rooms feature poster beds and are “outfitted in the traditional décor of the time,” according to DiDomizio. All guest accommodations have private bathrooms, and the larger rooms boast luxurious soaking tubs.
With Ferraro providing design guidance this past off-season, the pair gutted and upgraded the inn’s 10 bathrooms, including their private suite’s bath. The contractor with whom they worked was Dana Greene, of Rustic Elegance, who custom built all of the vanities that were designed by Ferraro. The inn’s bathrooms offer guests plush Turkish towels, robes and slippers, as well as Malin + Goetz natural skin and bath products.
In six years of ownership, DiDomizio and Ferraro have renovated and/or redecorated almost every space in the inn. A new HVAC/central air conditioning system throughout the inn eliminated the need for window cooling units. They purchased new beds, reupholstered the furniture, torn out wall-to-wall carpeting and restored the flooring, installed wide-planked floorboards where needed, and introduced HD TVs, cellphone-charging stations and high-speed Wi-Fi.
The bedrooms also offer 600-thread count cotton sheets, as well as Matouk blankets, coverlets and duvets. “We’ve really scaled up to give our guests a more luxurious experience in their rooms and bathrooms,” said DiDomizio.
The Carriage House, which is separate from the Main House, contains three guest accomodations – the Garden Suite, Seabreeze and Treetops rooms. Prior to a renovation in the early 1990s, the building served as a carriage house, then a garage, and at one point even housed a dentist office. Where the Carriage House is technically not part of the Main House, this structure would have been modest in its design. DiDomizio and Ferraro built upon this with a more beach cottage inspired flavor.
“Some guests seek to be transported back in time and will choose the Main House rooms, while others prefer the more casual cottage feel and select the Carriage House rooms. And then there are still other guests who over multiple stays enjoy working their way into every room for the complete Candleberry Inn experince! We love them all!”
To learn more about the Candleberry Inn and its delectable breakfasts, visit www.candleberryinn.com.
Joe O’Shea is a contributing writer for Cape Cod LIfe Publications.
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