historic buildings

Historic Davis Lane House Began Life as a Private School

The Reston family recently ended almost 50 years of ownership of the iconic house at the corner of Davis Lane and School street in Edgartown.

History of a Home Lies in Family Ties and Talent

As readers may have noticed, I am often attracted to unusual houses. The house at 32 Planting Field Way in Edgartown is certainly unusual for the Vineyard.

Edgartown Pursues Plan to Rescue Yellow House on Main Street

Edgartown voters may be asked to decide this spring to spend $3 million to buy the so-called Yellow House, a run-down property on Main street owned by the Hall family.

From Sengie to Cooke Street

I have seen many people, both residents and tourists, checking out the excavation at 37 Cooke Street.

Debate Heats Up Over Edgartown Historic District Expansion

Picking up on efforts that began more than 40 years ago, Edgartown voters will decide next week whether to more than double the size of their historic district, which includes about 250 homes in the heart of the village.

On the Front Porch of History: Old Houses Are Growing Center of Attention

Around the Island, where some towns showcase three centuries of architectural history, historic preservation is a topic for discussion and debate.

On the Cliffs in Aquinnah, History Is Alive at the Vanderhoop Homestead

Aquinnah is not the place to go looking for interesting houses without trespassing. Interesting stories, yes, but the houses visible from the road are few and far between. The exception of course is the Vanderhoop homestead.

Listening to the Heartbeat of an Old Chilmark House

One of the more interesting houses up-Island is 231 State Road in Chilmark. It is an unusual house for Chilmark: a Queen Anne style Victorian, painted yellow, with a turret.

I don’t know of any other such houses in Chilmark, whose charm lies in its serene and lovely rolling hills, hidden houses and beaches. It is a very common type of house elsewhere in the United States, the reflection of the prosperity of the late 19th century. Prosperity that had passed Chilmark by and which it was not to achieve until well past the midpoint of the 20th century.

Old Mansion on the Move: Renovations Begin on Warren House

A late 18th-century home has been on the move in Edgartown. The historic Warren House, which usually fronts North Water street beside the Edgartown library, has been temporarily relocated as part of a major restoration effort.

Demolition Delayed for Denniston House

The Denniston House will remain standing for now, after a vote by the Oak Bluffs historical commission stalled a request to demolish the former African American church. The commission hopes to negotiate a compromise with the property owner.