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.
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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.