|Craftsman Farms, view from driveway - photo from HMR Architects|
One of the most interesting periods in design was the early twentieth century, when the often overcrowded and superfluous spaces of the Victorian era began to be challenged by a new generation. The Arts and Crafts movement began at this time and developed a functional style that was easily identifiable by its use of strong lines and exceptional woodwork with exposed joinery and hammered hardware. One of its iconic members was Gustav Stickley, who practiced in several fields of design but eventually became best known for his furniture making. Despite being an architect and publishing over 200 plans for houses in his influential magazine The Craftsman, Stickley designed and built for himself only one house: Craftsman Farms in Parsippany, New Jersey. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
|Living Room - photo from Old House Journal|
|Sketch of elevation and exterior materials by Ian Hester|
|Sketch of lantern with exposed joinery by Ian Hester|
Craftsman Farms is in Parsippany, New Jersey, which is just under a four hour drive from the BAC but close to both New York and I-95. If you are ever driving through that area I would highly recommend stopping by. Keep in mind that tours are only offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm. Admission is only $5 for students. Click here to plan a visit.