This country home was built for a young couple who were leaving New York City to begin a family. The site, in rural Massachusetts , is a steeply inclined south and west facing slope, covered with a deciduous forest of birch, cherry, maple, and beech trees. Granite ledges prevail throughout the site, and where clearings occur there are dramatic views across the Washington Valley to the distant Berkshire Mountains.

The Reifsnyder-Packer house is adapted to fit its site and the building traditions of the area. The rooms of the house are arranged in a linear fashion and set parallel to the contours. The major living spaces – study, living, dining, and kitchen – are organized in relation to an elongated core. This core contains the hearth, entry, interior stairway, and service functions. It is designed to facilitate energy efficiency and to respond to the extreme range of seasonal conditions in Massachusetts.

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