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Yankee Modern: 10 Houses By Estes/Twombly [Hardcover]

by William Morgan
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September 2, 2009 1568988176 978-1568988177 1
Architects James Estes and Peter Twombly have described their nearly two decades of work as "quiet modernism." Their Rhode Island-based firm, Estes/Twombly Architects, builds modestly sized and geometrically precise houses that are unique to their New England locale without being style-driven. These award-winning homes reflect the area's strong architectural heritage— white cedar shingles, sliding barn doors, standing-seam metal roofs—without being derivative. Yankee Modern features ten elegant houses in Rhode Island and Connecticut that are moderate in scale and budget yet quietly large in ambition. For Estes/Twombly, each building site, whether responding to a view, a neighbor, or the terrain, requires a unique solution. Through careful integration of site and design, the architects create enough natural heat and ventilation to defy the rugged New England climate and extend the warm seasons.

Estes/Twombly's multiple award-winning Cyronak House on Block Island combines a modern, open plan—so suitable for the way most families live today—with time-tested local materials; sliding barn doors enclose a small courtyard entry and protect it from north winds, while to the south a small deck catches summer afternoon breezes. The pair of simple two-story blocks that comprise the Danevic House are turned at right angles and pulled apart to make outdoor spaces and take advantage of different views. A latticework tower joins them, acting as a transition between indoors and outdoors, the private and public realms. Sumptuous photography, charming drawings,and detailed plans fully illustrate Estes/Twombly's commonsense design solutions. Author William Morgans opening essay traces the firm's development and situates their work in both regional and historical contexts. Yankee Modern is a welcome return to the simple pleasures of modest, innovative architecture, sensitive to its site and clients' needs.


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"The new book Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly (Princeton Architectural Press, $40) resembles the work of Estes/Twombly itself: thoughtful, modestly scaled, well-designed. Written by Providence, R.I.-based architectural historian William Morgan, the book showcases ten houses from the Newport, R.I., firm led by Jim Estes, FAIA, and Peter Twombly, AIA. It opens with an insightful foreword by New Hampshire writer Howard Mansfield, and from there segues into clearly written, photo-heavy analyses of each project." -- Meghan Drueding --Resident Architecture Online

"Yankee Modern, a new book released this fall by Princeton Architectural Press, focuses on the award-winning work of Estes/Twombly Atchitects in Newport, RI. The firm run by Jim Estes BArch `72 and Peter Twombly BArch `80 is known for designing contemporary New England houses that offer relatively modest and sustainable models for new construction." --Rhode Island School of Design Views

"Home decor fans are always looking for inspiration when it comes to thinking what you can do with your own humble abode, and many fans like to mimic a distinct style, especially when it comes to refurbishing old homes. I really liked this volume of home featurettes from the New Egland/ Rhode Island area of the eastern U.S. The photography and graphic design of the properties is chock full of inspiration, and shows how stately, and even sometimes simple home design boasts its own majesty. From restored hardwood, loft and block melange, open concept designs with lots of window light, this would be a great gift for the dreamy renovator." --Fred Rinne

"Will Morgan's newest book, Yankee Modern, published by Princeton Architectural Press, is on the work of Newport architects, Jim Estes and Peter Twombly. The book considers ten of their firm's lovely and thoughtful houses in Rhode Island and Connecticut." --Simple Pleasures

"William Morgan `66, an architectural historian and photographer, profiles 10 houses by Rhode Island-based architects James Estes and Peter Twombly and situates their work in regional and historical contexts in Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly" --Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

"Any library strong in architectural history needs Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly. It packs in nearly two decades of work produced by a Rhode Island-based firm that builds modestly sized and geometrically precise homes unique to New England locales. From sliding barn doors to standing-seam metal roofs, these are outstanding displays of originality and choice and powerful picks for any architectural collection." --The Midwest Book Review

"These not-so-big houses are enormous examples of ingenuity, efficiency and intelligence... Marvelous." -- New England Home, March/ April 2011

About the Author

William Morgan is an architectural historian and a photographer based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of The Cape Cod Cottage.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568988176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568988177
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars regional modern architecture November 16, 2009
By Mortone
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It is a wonderful start to show what Yankees can do to develop a regional modern architecture to match the North West's. Some examples in less spacious surroundings would be nice, in a village context, but still the examples are a wonderful mixture of Cape Cod, Shaker, and Arts and Crafts. A few wall sections would be nice, but the book's layouts a good. In a time of smaller, and more energy efficient home this is where regional residential architecture is going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear thoughts and nice pictures April 25, 2011
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I liked this book and how the author explains the philosophy behind the Estes-Twombly homes. I was drawn to this clean, unpretentious style by looking at some of their work in the books of Sarah Susanka, and wanted to see more. The photographs are clear and well chosen. I think it's wonderful how they take the New England/Northeast traditions and use them to build modern, easy-to-live-in homes. I was left wanting to hire them to design my home, wehenever that may be.

I particularly liked how the drawings showed how the houses sat in relationship to their lot. I could see why they were oriented in this or that direction. I'm only giving the book four stars because I would have very much appreciated text going with the drawings (labels, such as "living room" "bedroom, etc) as well as the actual square footage of these homes. As there was no text accompanying the photograph pages, it was sometimes not easy to picture the flow of the homes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For any architectural collection February 20, 2010
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Any library strong in architectural history needs Yankee Modern: The Houses of Estes/Twombly. It packs in nearly two decades of work produced by a Rhode Island-based firm that builds modestly sized and geometrically precise homes unique to New England locales. From sliding barn doors to standing-seam metal roofs, these are outstanding displays of originality and choice and powerful picks for any architectural collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book October 15, 2009
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I love the designs in this book and positively drool over them. The photos and text are wonderful. Now if I could only afford to live in one of these beauties.....
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