Photos by Lara Kimmerer. Click any photo to enlarge and watch as slide show.
- Six bedrooms
- Two-and-a-half baths
- Two fireplaces
- Two-car garage
- 2,509 s.f. of living area on two floors
- 75,700 s.f. lot size
- Three zones of hot water baseboard heat
- Double-glazed insulated windows
Acton, MA-based Deck House was recently resuscitated by local businessman, Tom Trudeau, after the recent recession brought the 60+ year-old company to receivership. The roots grew — pardon the pun – out of Acorn Structures, a trailblazing company founded in 1947 by John Bemis and the legendary Techbuilt and Snake Hill architect Carl Koch (see info here). Acorn developed a very different sort of aesthetic over the intervening decades.
Meanwhile, Deck was founded in the 1950s by William Berkes, a Gropius disciple out of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Those new to this site can click many of the links to the right to read about Gropius, TAC, his firm, and the various residential projects in Boston’s western suburbs. Deck House remained more mid-century modernist in look and principle than Acorn.
To further quote the Boston Globe:
The two companies merged in 1995, and in 2003 Gilrane bought the merged entity through a holding company, renaming it Empyrean. The company estimates over the years it has built more than 20,000 homes, as far away as Israel and South Korea.
Empyrean began its partnership with Dwell magazine in 2005, and the homes they designed and built were more modernist than the other two lines – boxy, more angular, and visually more reminiscent of the kind of homes Gropius’s contemporaries and his students turned out in the last century.
But since this article appeared. the company has risen from the ashes and has a third new line, the striking NextHouse.