new Shingle-style house exterior
Photo: Bruce Buck

Everything Old is New Again

When Michael Barbis parked his boat in a slip in Rowayton, Connecticut, he became smitten with the area. The 1947 Cape that Michael Barbis bought hardly fulfilled his dream of a seaside cottage, however. So he threw a demolition party and razed the Cape. Local architect Stuart Disston helped Mike realize his vision. With four distinct rooflines, multiple porches, and fanciful towers, Michael's new, rambling house was built in the 19th-century Shingle style, which began in seaside resorts in the Northeast.

The stone wall was built low and topped with a picket fence to enable the owner to sit on his front porch and wave to his neighbors. The stones, taken from a Connecticut river, match the look of the stones once used for ballast by area oyster boats.
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