Set on Stone
How a firm foundation—in history, place, and atop an old rock wall—sets the tone for the Depot House’s next chapter
The challenge that Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi set for themselves was to build something that is at once of its time and steeped in the history of its surroundings. The pair took a design cue from the dairy barns that have disappeared from the rural Connecticut landscape, victims of decay and development. The house abuts the road, a nod to a barn’s traditional location and one that forced them to apply for a special exception to the zoning regulations of the town of Washington.
“You can’t build like that anymore due to zoning setbacks,” Gray explains. “When you’re close to the road, that’s a mark of an old situation, and we have always found those kinds of buildings very romantic.”
“To think of this as an industrial corridor is really funny,” Organschi says, “but there was a rifle-barrel shop down the road, and there’s what we think is an old mill foundation. There’s this stripped-down, hardscrabble quality to these landscapes because of that past.”