Citation of Merit
The jury awards a Design Citation of Merit for the restoration of the Pond House in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in particular with respect to treatment of the surrounding landscape. The house was designed in 1960 by Olav Hammarstrom for prominent artist and writer Lilian Swann Saarinen. One of a number of classic, but modest, modern vacation/weekend homes designed in the mid-20th century for the Wellfleet landscape of kettle ponds and woods, the original design meshed modern forms with an earlier fishing cabin located on the property. Under new ownership for the first time since it was built, the design team was able to achieve desired updates without changing the distributions of the rooms and restore views of the pond without clearcutting.
"The final result exhibits a very light hand and maintains most of the vintage texture while upgrading almost everything."
-Alexandra Lange, 2019 Jury member
"The project exemplifies the renewal of a landscape sympathetic to the era – and one that enhanced the architecture. The result is a spectacular combination that to paraphrase Tommy Church was more than just “parsley around the roast.”
Caroline N. Sidnam, AIA, Partner (Lead)
Eric A. Gartner, AIA, LEED AP+, Partner
LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects