Woodlawn invites you to attend an upcoming event that is sure to spark your imagination as local architects present a design forum, Woodlawn 2.0 – Redesigned For 21st Century Living on Friday, September 25th from 3 to 7 p.m. The design forum, using concepts created by three Maine architectural firms, will envision the Black House as a contemporary living space. Presenting at the forum are Ellsworth firms, Sealander Architects and Design Group Collaborative, and Elliott + Elliott Architecture from Blue Hill. The three firms readily agreed to participate in Woodlawn’s first design forum according to Woodlawn’s executive director Joshua Torrance, “They were pleased to be asked and saw it as a wonderful community project as well as a way to interact professionally with one another in a unique way.” To set the stage for the forum, Torrance presented the architects with an overview of their client, a modern day version of the first owners of the house, John and Mary Black. “The modern day Blacks are a very wealthy couple in their forties who are respected local business owners and engaged community members. They are sophisticated home buyers and enjoy entertaining family and friends regularly.” Speaking on behalf of Design Group Collaborative (DGC), principal Carla Haskell, shared her enthusiasm for the forum, “DGC is inspired by the opportunity to work with this beautiful and historically rich building right in our own back yard. It has been wonderful getting to know Woodlawn on a more intimate level. We are motivated by this unique challenge to modernize a home and maintain its grandeur while providing for the expectations and comforts of a contemporary client.”
The design forum opens with a talk by architectural historian Christopher Glass of Camden. He is the author of Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses and will present on the History of Design in Maine. The architects will follow with the presentation of their ideas and answering questions from the audience. A wine and cheese reception with the architects in the Black House will follow the formal presentations. Maine Home+Design has partnered with Woodlawn as Media Sponsor for the Forum and will be on hand to cover the event. According to Rebecca Falzano, Managing Editor of MHD, “This Design Forum represents an opportunity to celebrate and elevate architecture in Maine, which aligns with the mission of Maine Home+Design.”
The design forum will be held on Friday, September 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for Woodlawn members/$25 for non-members and includes the forum and a wine and cheese reception with the architects. As space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671 or email Woodlawn.