To take a step through the doorwayof The Joseph Thorp House is to take a step into the heart of Colonial revivalism.
Designed by Arthur Little in 1888 this Cambridge homeis a highly unconventional, outstanding and eclectic masterpiece.
With a sympathetic nod to the Queen Anne style, asymmetry abounds, yet all facades are active with Neo-Classical elements like columns, pilasters, bays and balconies with delicate balustrades, scrolled corbels, and keystone arches.
Every inch of the home's eclectic interior invokes all classical orders of design including Greco-Roman details and an intricately carved teak salonby the American Aesthetic Movement's Lockwood de Forest.
In the southeast corner, the library incorporates late-19th century Norwegian design with a traditional "peasant" hearth. The truly classical dining room incorporates a Palladian bay of leaded glass and an intimate "Poet's Corner" adorned with a bas-relief on the walls, domed ceiling and mantel.
The French country kitchen houses the original Walker & Pratt cast-iron stove, a modern prep island, sub-zero refrigerators and FiveStar range.