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Epstein Residence

by Charles Lauster Architect, P.C. on May 22, 1997


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Epstein Residence
Pawling, NY 1997

The Epstein residence is the main house of a horse farm on a country road dotted with horse farms. This beautiful Hudson Valley road and its white clapboard houses were important to the Epsteins who wanted their home to respect this tradition.

The three gables over the dining room, kitchen and office recall a barn further up the road. The use of clapboard ensures the connection to the other houses. Clapboard is a very efficient and technically refined cladding material. It is an example of American, wood building technology that has remained effective for almost two hundred years.

The private back of the house opens up to views of the mountains and backyard activity. It is the relaxed side of the house. The front, on the other hand, is less open and more dignified facing the passing public.