An Artist and Farmer Work With a Toronto-Based Studio to Build a Barn-Inspired Home

An Artist and Farmer Work With a Toronto-Based Studio to Build a Barn-Inspired Home

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By Kimberlie Birks
A new home replenishes Quebec’s vanishing stock of farmhouses.

When a Toronto couple with shared interests in land conservation and craftsmanship approached Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio (LAMAS) to build a new home on their 200-acre property in North Hatley, Quebec, a fertile partnership took root. The couple, an artist and a farmer, had bought the land—originally two adjacent farms—15 years earlier and wanted to replace the derelict homestead on one of them with a new house now that they had retired and were spending more time there. While attending a dinner party in North Hatley, the couple were delighted to learn that their hosts’ son, James Macgillivray, was a Princeton-and Harvard-trained architect.

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