High Drama in Pine

Nate Holyoke Builders, Holden
Words By Brian Shuff
Photos By Lauryn Hottinger

It’s hard not to be wowed by the drama of this Mount Desert Island show-horse barn. Specifications from the owner have been expertly balanced with the requirements of competition animals. “All the sills, doors, windows, fixtures, and pavers were ordered larger than normal,” says project manager Emily Dwyer. “They reflect the scale of the massive timber frame which really adds some extra wow.”

Scale does the work in this space, and strategically placed uplighting throws warmth into the rafters. Most of the construction was done off-site in Holyoke’s warehouse, where the pine frame and mahogany doors were designed, cut, and fit before delivery to the site and placement via crane. Only the light fixtures, commissioned through Ironware International and hand-forged in Normandy, France, crossed state lines en route to the barn.

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