To access this Cabin, you climb and scramble down a rugged road flanked by a woody mountain in Putnam Valley. As an urbanite, the excitement of the forest and the crispness of the air bring a rebellious joy that is punctuated upon your arrival at the cabin, overlooking one of the gorgeous bodies of water God made on this Earth.
The structure was first made in the pre-depression 20s and is charming by default: Two stories bound within a 20×45 footprint. Upstairs is built in Chestnut logs rubbed in petroleum and harvested from the 40-acre parcel, with a massive rubble wall foundation on the lower level.
You enter on the upper floor into a series of clumsily carved-out rooms–a utilitarian and endearing kind of clumsiness whose spirit we seek to maintain in the forthcoming intervention.
The scope of the project: To create a comfortable weekend escape for father and son. To create an interior environment that permits easy access to the inspiring geography. To preserve and accentuate the original structure and to celebrate the site.