Integrating design elements of the past into modern architecture was a key goal of the Wolcott Woods design team. Everything from materials used to the plants in the landscaping has been chosen to honor the past and the local environment. The 54 stately homes that make up this new 55+ community feature a diverse collection of architectural styles and materials, including stucco, shingle, and brick exteriors.
Inspiration for the new residences has been drawn from the estate’s three historic homes and estate homes in the area, all of which will be preserved and updated. Read more about the history of this great country estate here.
From the Architect:
“The community of Wolcott Woods is set amidst the rolling meadows and stone-bedded stream of an historic estate. The palette of materials is knit into the existing architectural and natural context, complementing the stucco of the historic homestead or the wood and stone of the forested areas of the site. Each plan features a welcoming front porch for conversing with neighbors and a private deck for taking in views of the spectacular site.
In keeping with the eclectic tradition of Milton, the homes feature European influences of the shingle and Tudor styles. The steeply pitched roofs and sweeping rooflines create a storybook character that evokes the grandeur of nearby estate properties. Every home is thoughtfully considered as a separate cottage, featuring striking gables and sophisticated detailing that enhance the appeal of the streetscape. A mix of materials, details and styling add to the diversity and establish an authentic feel throughout the neighborhood.”
– Christina Carlson, Union Studio Architects
From the Landscape Architect:
“Wolcott Woods is one of those properties that continually surprises and delights. It is no wonder that families choose to build their estate homes here and that thousands of acres have been preserved in perpetuity next-door in the Great Blue Hills. From day one, our goal as a design team was to preserve and build upon the legacy of this property as a place of respite and active agriculture.
Located uphill and away from Canton Avenue, the new homes are set back in the woods and open meadows to preserve character trees, views, and the lower fields and woodlands. The new homes will step gently uphill along curvilineal drives that follow the land. With new views possible along each sweep of the curve, the relationship between the homes and the landscape will be a dynamic one, varied and continually surprising. The landscape around the homes will feature native plants, consistent with the broader site. As the community is built out over the course of several years and the grand estate homes are renovated, it is our vision that these fields and woodlands will produce delight for the new homeowners just as they have for generations.”
– Ryan Associates