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Publication Date: 2015-07-03

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12 Stately Homes with Stone Exteriors Around the Country

Adding texture and sense of stability, stone is a natural choice for the exterior of a home, no matter the region or style. From a North Carolina vacation home to a family farmhouse in eastern Pennsylvania, here, top designers and architects showcase the power of a stone exterior, not only in longevity but also in aesthetics, in this selection of 12 stately homes.

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Photography: John Umberger

Reminiscent of New England’s seaside resorts, Harrison Design used stone to ground this shingle style house located on North Carolina's Lake Norman. Asymmetrical lines and stone and wood cladding help the home blend naturally into the landscape.

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Photography: Durston Saylor

Located in Lower Westchester County, New York, this home designed by Shope Reno Wharton was inspired by the architecture of Mott Schmidt, who was best known for his classical American Georgian style buildings.

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This new home in Harrison, NY was designed by Alisberg Parker Architects with a contemporary interior but a classic exterior that blends well with the rest of the homes in the neighborhood.

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Photography: Terry Allen

Designed by Robert G. Sinclar Architecture, the stone used on this home in Reynolds Plantation, GA is called “Farmer’s Rock” and was imported from Colorado. Pea gravel was added to the grout for an authentic appearance.

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Photography: Dave Burk/Hedrich Blessing

This home in the suburbs of Chicago designed by Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects has a formal lannon stone front, cut stone classical entryway and a dark stained wooden front door for a neo-classical look.

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Photography: Tria Giovan

This guest house was a new addition to a family compound in Shelter Island, NY that was designed by McKim, Mead and White. For the guest house, the architects at Brooks & Falotico Associates, Inc. wanted to create a building that fit in with the historic main house but with a more contemporary aesthetic.

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Photography: Gordon Beall

Located in Clarke County, Virginia, this 1816 Federal-style home has stone work that is roughly-coursed local limestone. Architecture firm Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects oversaw the renovation of the home, updating the living spaces and creating this detached kitchen that is connected to the main house.

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For this coastal Connecticut home, architect Charles Hilton chose to source stone from the center of the state, forgoing more local granite, which was deemed too dark for the project.

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Architect Jeff Dungan of Dungan Nequette is particular to stone and works with it on most projects, as seen in this home the firm designed in Shades Creek, Alabama.

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This historic home, which is located in Middleburg, Virginia, was renovated by Donald Lococo Architects. Masons were tasked to make the stone work look as though “a farmer built the walls during the non-planting season.”

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Photography: Tom Crane

Built of Pennsylvania fieldstone, Peter Zimmerman Architects designed this new stone farmhouse in Wayne, PA to fit the vernacular of the region and suit the active lifestyle of a young, busy family.

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Photography: Jay Greene

Located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, WPL Interiors oversaw the interior design of this showhouse, which was the Philadelphia Magazine Design Home in 2012.

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