Pierce Estates, Wellesley

Designed by Campbell Smith Architects

The Pierce Estates house was our first and only "spec" house.

Interior inspired by the work of H. H Richardson and the Pierce House in Lincoln, MA. This project gave us an special appreciation for the work architects and owners do to design and choose treatments for their projects.

We hoped to design a house that would look like it had been standing for 100 years and would not identified as a "spec" house, either by its design or its performance, in 10 years.  Quality craftsmanship, thoughtful engineering and dedication to the integrity the product under hand and the trade were guiding principles, so enjoyable to pursue.

Cabinetry by Cook and Cook  All face frames are cope and stick hard maple, face frames are slide dovetailed to the formaldehyde free cases, every inch of the kitchen meticulously hand-crafted by a several generations of the Cook family and associate artisans.

Campbell Smith Architects are experts at style, massing and proportion.  Despite 40 pages of drawings in the CD set, details remained to be refined.  We took on the job of defining some of the feature elements on the house.  The  chimneys, eyebrow dormer, mantles, coffered ceilings and main staircase are among these features we so enjoyed designing, then building.
We found inspiration in the work of H. H. Richardson, the founder of the shingle style, and the Vassel, Craige, Longfellow architecture of the Pierce Estate in Wellesley.