Kitchens & Baths

Kitchens & Baths

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A New Kitchen with a Preservation Ethic

Before 1994, when she fell in love with and bought this house, Sarah Blank hadn’t heard of Royal Barry Wills. Then she learned that the Cape, built in 1957, in New Canaan, Connecticut, was typical of the work of the famous Colonial Revival architect who was a prolific designer as well as America’s best-selling architectural writer. A Massachusetts native who opened his Boston firm in 1925, Wills loved New England’s small, historic houses and made a specialty of designing updated yet authentically proportioned versions of Capes, saltboxes, and garrison colonials. Hundreds of his houses stand, including the 1500-square-foot Cape that Blank proceeded to enlarge.

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