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Photography: John M. Hall


Country House by G. P. Schafer Architect in Hudson Valley

Nestled at the base of a steeply wooded property, Middlefield is Gil Schafer’s own country house, a new 3,000 square house designed to look as if it had always been there. Inspired by the 1840’s Greek Revival architecture commonly found in the region, Gil made a number of subtle but transformative alterations to an otherwise traditional floor plan, keeping the classical language of the architecture intact while making it light and open for modern living. A two-story entry portico, anchored by Doric columns, opens to a cross-axis through the house that allows views out into the landscape in all directions, opening the house from one side to the other. Reclaimed 150-year-old flooring, restoration glass glazing and custom-made mercury glass door hardware give the interior an “old house” feeling. The interior decoration was done in partnership with Miles Redd, while the garden, which features a series of terraced, outdoor rooms, was a collaboration with landscape designer Deborah Nevins.

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