Design New England

One Good Read: New England Icons

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Center Chimney Colonials are just one of 23 regional icons featured in this book.

Ever since DNE launched in 2006, contributing editor Bruce Irving has been our resident authority on New England roots — the iconic that make this region so unique and beloved. Bruce teamed up with photographer Greg Premru (whose work regularly graces our pages) to translate this passion to hardcover, and the result is one good read. So I decided to share some of Greg’s stunning photos with short excerpts from New England Icons: Shaker Villages, Saltboxes, Stone Walls, and Steeples (which you can buy here!) — more than enough to hook you.

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Stone Walls “Their story begins long before colonial times, at the beginning of a set of geological events that accounts for New England’s preeminence in the world of stone walls.”

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The Shingle Style “High style and beautiful, the Shingle Style was the first truly homegrown American architecture.”

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Lobster Boats “Think of them as the church steeples of the ocean, iconic New England shapes floating white and graceful in the early-morning mist of harbors and inlets.”

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Skating Ponds “When the great Ice Age glaciers retreated about thirteen thousand years ago, they left little watery reminders of themselves all over New England.”

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