Classic Cape Ann — Northshore Home Magazine features MMA Shingle-Style house

Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc., was featured in the Spring 2020 issue of Northshore Home Magazine, for its project on Cape Ann. The firm collaborated with interior decorator Abby Welling Forstall on this brand new Northshore home with commanding views of the Atlantic ocean and a nearby cove.

The new residence serves as a weekend and holiday retreat for a couple and their daughter who lead busy professional lives in Metro Boston. They came to our firm asking for a new home that while modest in size captured the spirit and history of the grand Shingle-Style homes of the Gilded Age. To accomplish this MMA and Abby Welling Forstall developed a sophisticated take on aspects of a relaxed seaside cottage combined with the weight and proportions of the grand Shingle-Style tradition.

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“They wanted this house to be more sophisticated than a typical beach house,” says Welling Forstall, in this six-page feature article by Victoria Abbott Riccardi. All photography for the Northshore Magazine feature was done by Jared Kuzia.

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Abby Welling Forstall worked closely with principals John S. MacDonald and Anthony M. Frausto, dovetailing her two-decade history with the client with MMA’s expertise in coastal architecture. The union enabled the design and build teams to deliver a highly tailored house and experience working with an architect—a first for this couple.

The article ends by noting that this client loves to host extended family and guests in their new home. MMA has recently begun phase 2 additions to the home which were previously designed into the concept for the original house. Phase 2 will expand guest accommodations and provide a two-car garage, bike storage, and a covered second-floor deck with views of the ocean.

To read the complete article visit this issue of Northshore Home Magazine here. To view this project in our Work portfolio, visit this link.


Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc.

Interiors: Abby Welling Forstall

Landscape Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc.

General Contractor: Hull Enterprises, Inc.