The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 29, 2001


Country cottage gets new look but retains old charm

The little cottage with fanciful trim on its steeply pitched roof, which has been a landmark in the center of Carlisle, will soon have a different look. Tom and Kim Ratcliffe are planning to add a barn-like addition to their 1846 home at 14 Concord Street. Since the house is within the town's historic district, Kim Ratcliffe appeared before the Carlisle Historical District Commission on June 21 seeking approval for their plans.

Pointing to a photo of the house in Ruth Chamberlin Wilkin's Carlisle, Its History and Heritage, Ratcliffe reminded the commission that a blacksmith shop once existed on the property in almost the same location, but was not attached to the house. The shop, built by William Kemp in 1791, predated the house and stood for nearly 150 years.

Architect Peter Daus-Haberle designed the "barn" to preserve the character of the house. Behind the false barn door will be a great room with a fireplace. The second floor will house a bedroom and bathroom. Like the house, the barn will face Concord Street and will copy the peaked roof,.but without the gingerbread trim.

The commissioners reviewed a number of exterior details: the color for the barn? - barn red; the foundation? ­ stone; window design? ­ very simple; landscaping changes ­ not many; outdoor lighting? - no new lighting. "This is really intruiging," admired associate member Chip Dewing. "The little gothic cottage has become twin gables." Commission chair Jim Davis, always the guardian of period style, was also pleased. "As soon as I looked at it [the plan] I knew it seemed right," he said. "It will be great," echoed Sharon Connors as she and the other commissioners signed the plans.

The Ratcliffes plan to begin construction "as soon as possible."

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