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Modern Confusion


I am writing to clarify a statement attributed to me in the October issue of Home Style (“One With Nature,” Cover Story, Oct. 1). In the feature covering one of my firm's projects, a simple confusion of jargon during the interview yielded what appeared to be a significant gaffe on my part in that the project was presented as a “modernist” rather than a modern farmhouse.

However, these words are not synonymous and this is a distinction that entails anything but simple semantics. The use of “modern” is a very intentional means of classifying something as being of its time; on the other hand, a modernist approach would have yielded an architectural expression of a very different nature with no overt allusions to the regional vernacular or otherwise traditional precepts.

And while the pursuit of modernism has a significant place at Watershed's table, the design of this particular project was driven by a client who was very intentional in her desire for a timeless architecture that carefully bridges the past and present while sensitively responding to the environmental and cultural influences of the rural piedmont. 

Patrick Farley
Watershed Architects




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