House in Seal Harbor

House in Seal Harbor

Photo: Fuji'iMage/Wayne NT Fuji'i

Faced with the task of building a new residence on the scenic coast of Seal Harbor, Maine-a pristine area which includes Acadia National Park and hosts the summer retreats of prominent families such as the Rockefellers-some architects would feel compelled to mimic the surrounding Victorian shingle-style homes. Not so for architect Peter Forbes. "The most recently built residences are simply copies of the older houses," Forbes says. "For this project we wanted to create something that is conversant with the area without being yet another imitation." The architect's pursuit to reference the vernacular while adding a modern twist has resulted in a house that, while maximizing the views, minimizes the impact on its surroundings.

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