Artis­tic New House

re­vival mo­tifs for a tim­ber-frame house

Arts and Crafts Homes - - FRONT PAGE - BY REGINA COLE | PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY GREG PREMRU

BE­FORE HE RE­TIRED, John Laupheimer worked as an in­vest­ment man­ager. But an av­o­ca­tion that pre­dates his pro­fes­sional life still oc­cu­pies him to­day. A skilled fur­ni­ture maker, Laupheimer made the cherry din­ing ta­ble and chairs in the re­cently com­pleted house he and his wife, Deb­bie, built in Lin­coln, Mas­sachusetts. The sub­tle curves, peg­ging, in­lay, and ele­gance of the fur­ni­ture were in­spired by the Cal­i­for­nia ar­chi­tects Greene and Greene, their mo­tifs minutely ob­served and flaw­lessly ex­e­cuted.

“I got into wood­work­ing in school shop,” Laupheimer says. “Since then, I’ve built 12 gui­tars, a 21-foot gaff-rigged sail­boat, and a lot of 18th-cen­tury re­pro­duc­tion fur­ni­ture.”

New in­spi­ra­tion came from a long-ago magazine ar­ti­cle about Charles and Henry Greene, and Laupheimer has been smit­ten ever since. Build­ing this tim­ber-framed house was an op­por­tu­nity for the cou­ple to pay homage to the Greenes. Thus, the en­try is a sym­phony of stained glass and ma­hogany, in­spired by Pasadena’s Ir­win House; the stair­case is mod­eled

The home of­fice also func­tions as a den with re­pro­duc­tion Arts & Crafts fur­ni­ture and com­fort­able leather seat­ing.

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