Sensitively redesigned and reinvigorated by
John B. Murray Architect,
White Pillars Farm is a richly historic Greek Revival home in Salt Point, NY.
Murray turned the aging homestead into a bastion of authenticity and warmth.
Photography by Bruce Buck and Eric Roth
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The south portico of this 1840s Greek Revival house required extensive renovation, including the reconstruction of its four Doric columns using original 19th century techniques.
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view of the south portico with reconstructed wrap-around painted wood stairs.
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east elevation of the addition to the main block of the original house, with a
mudroom entrance on the left, kitchen wing in the center, and guest wing on the
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Painted wood architrave moldings trim the new entry door, with transoms and side lights.
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The mudroom entrance features a limestone floor, and the flanking wall holds a bracketed shelf with Shaker pegs.
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new open staircase in the entry hall makes the area feel more spacious. The
stair has painted wood balusters with a natural mahogany finish and a
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dining room is a reconstruction of the house’s original pre-Greek Revival-style
core, showing its early Dutch influences.
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view from the dining room looks through to a new secondary staircase and a
doorway passage to the house’s north addition.
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secondary staircase on the left is inspired by Shaker designs.
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On the second
floor landing, boarded wainscot complements the simplicity of the
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extension of the kitchen beyond the main mass of the house allows the ceiling
to be higher. Transoms are set above the French doors and double-hung windows
on three sides of the room, which expand the space and fill it with light.
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the kitchen wing, the family room addition allows for a higher ceiling. The
room also boasts a central fireplace with a custom-painted wood mantel.
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custom wood mantel in this bedroom complements the architrave moldings that
trim the windows and doors.
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Shaker-inspired painted wood cupboards placed in each corner of this
large children’s bedroom provide closet-like storage space.
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The bathroom has a vertical board wainscot and a Carrara mosaic floor.
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large stone terrace surrounds the west elevation’s family room wing. The
chimney was built with reclaimed molded brick, and the roof is made of
standing-seam lead-coated copper.
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north elevation features the kitchen to the left and the guest wing to the
right. Both are clad in flush boards with corner curves articulated by