Tower House

Located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay near one of Maryland’s earliest settlements, this 3500 SF house minimized its footprint for environmental reasons, becoming a tower with Classical and Maritime references. The Classical white tower, with a temple form and board-and-batten siding used to emphasize the verticality, contrasts over-sized traditional windows, rationally stacked, with a first floor Modern floor-to-ceiling curtain window wall set in a serpentine pattern bi-passing a structural Ionic column, opening the main living space onto a wrap-around deck. On the back, or north side, a four-story stair tower differentiates itself with natural cedar shingles, a flared base, and wrap-around windows at the top mimicking a light house beacon. On the interior, the structural stairs span across the vertical ribbon window accented with salvaged stained glass church windows. The continuous interior guardrail abstracts the adjacent wetland reeds in welded metalwork. The home was designed for an artist and philosophy professor, so artwork and floor-to-ceiling bookcases further sculpt and define the spaces. This home won a 2016 Merit Award from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was on the cover of the Windsor Windows 2019 Calendar and was on the 2017 Maryland Home and Garden Tour.