HOUSE TOUR: AN OLD-FASHIONED SUMMER CAMP

HOUSE TOUR: AN OLD-FASHIONED SUMMER CAMP

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How do you transform a summer camp,

that stalwart of nostalgic warm weather activities,

into a sturdy family home able to weather fierce New England winters, without taking away from its essential character?

That was the question put to design duo

Vivian Lee and James Macgillivray,

the cofounders of the architecture studio LAMAS, when they took on the renovation of Camp Kent in Kent,

Connecticut. The original coed summer camp was almost archetypal;

indeed, the horror movie Friday the 13th Part 2,

about the unfortunate fates of a group of camp counselors,

was partially filmed here. The camp closed shortly after the movie was released, in 1982, according to a camp alumni group,

and several of the bunks and buildings were cobbled together into a summer house.

LAMAS’ clients, a young family, hoped to fully winterize the summer house.

For LAMAS that meant taking what Lee called an

“agglomerated little shack,” made up of three of the old cabins,

the music room, the “Feeling Better” infirmary, and an old boat house,

and turning it into a truly substantial family home that nonetheless reflects its heritage.

Photographer Jane Beiles notes, of visiting the home,

“It’s completely transporting.

It feels like you’ve traveled a great deal of time and a great deal of distance.” รับออกแบบบ้าน 

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