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Architecture Renovation. (2002 Order of Excellence Awards).


Wayland, Massachusetts

Effective estate planning

The architectural roots at Traditions of Wayland, an assisted living residence, begin with a Georgian Revival brick mansion, a stately house known as the Paine Estate. Flanked by two new wings, the early-century home has become the "old main" of an adaptive reuse project that preserves its gracious style and presence.

Creating a u-shaped configuration with the mansion at its base, Robert J. Verrier, AIA, NCARB, extended the home on both sides of its main facade, designing deep new residential wings to envelope a central courtyard. The new construction provides 76 assisted living units, most with woodland views, allowing the existing structure to hold common areas. As a result, residents enjoy the ambience of the mansion, including an oak-paneled library that was preserved.

Verrier aimed for seamless transition between old and new spaces and carefully selected harmonious and complementary--but not identical--building materials and forms. Program-wise, the emphasis is on community and interaction. And what better way to foster entertaining and socializing than to offer such opportunities in a grand manse?


Dan Morris: "The new wings respect the original vernacular in scale and massing."

Robert Volzer: "An excellent example of a sensitive adaptive reuse."

Lorraine Hiatt: "...a pleasing integration of styles."


Owner: MES-Wayland Assisted Living LLC, Wayland, Mass.

Developer: McNeil Real Estate Group Inc., Dedham, Mass.

Architect: The Architectural Team Inc., Chelsea, Mass.

Interior design: Arthur Shuster Inc., St. Paul, Minn.

Landscape architect: Mary Smith Associates, Quincy, Mass.

Project team: Robert J. Verrier, AIA, NCARB, and Keith Musinski, architects; Michelle Browne, senior project designer; Sheila Hansen, project administrator; Kristine Hanson, design assistant; Judy Huber, executive director; Marie Schaechter, director of resident services; Jim Kerr, director of physical plant; Melissa Scittarelli, director of marketing

Resources: FURNITURE: Statesville, Flexsteel, American of Martinsville, Akin, Shafer, Hekmann, CTH, Chaistane; LIGHTING FIXTURES: Progress Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting, Sedgefield, Reliance; CARPETS: Shaw, Patcraft; FABRICS: Waverly, Kravet, Greef, International Fabrics, Shumaker, Fabricutt, Norbar, Braemore

Facts: units: 76; resident average age: 83; largest unit: 978 sq. ft.; smallest unit: 320 sq. ft.; construction cost: $6.7 million

Photography: Bruce T. Martin
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Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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