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Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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38 FALL 2015 W HEN THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT arrived in New England, sweeping away ornate Victorian building traditions, its expression was different than in the rest of the coun- try. Here, the turn of the 20th century did not result in vast swaths of bungalows; New England architects did The Red House by architect Philip Webb and designer William Morris is located in Bexleyheath, England, and is considered one of the most important examples of English Arts and Crafts architecture. Many New England architects look to this iconic house for inspiration. inspire not look to reformers like Gustav Stickley and Irving Gill for their design inspiration. Instead, they looked east and modeled their new buildings after a medieval English tradition. Maureen Meister of Winchester explains this and more in her new book: Arts & Crafts Architecture in New England. She profiles the 12 architects who formed the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston in 1897 and, with color and black-and-white photography, shows us ex- amples of their work, including some in Salem, Beverly Farms, and Manchester-by-the-Sea. Building on her 2003 biography of H. Langford Warren, the book establishes her as the area's premier authority on the architectural expression of Arts and Crafts in New England. Yet, her career began with the study of Victorian buildings. An art history major at Brown who had studied archi- tectural history, Meister moved to Winchester with her husband after being encouraged to apply for a seat on the local historic commission. "I became fascinated by researching the architecture of my own town," she recalls. She was deep into the study of buildings of the Victorian period when she met another Winchester resident, the grandson of the partner PHOTOGRAPH © NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/AN DREW BUTLER AREA EXPERT WITH HER LATEST BOOK, MAUREEN MEISTER IS RECOGNIZED AS OUR REGION'S LEADING AUTHORITY ON THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN NEW ENGLAND. By Regina Cole

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