Hugh Newall Jacobsen’s Meadowbrook Home Hits Market for the First Time

Jacobson Architecture was one of Architectural Digest’s AD100 this year. It wasn’t the first time..

In 1998, Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed Life Magazine’s dream house. In the early ’80s, he designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s Martha’s Vineyard manse. Somewhere in between (in 1988), he designed Meadowbrook’s four-bedroom “Village of One’s Own.” Now, 16 years later, it’s on the market for the first time.

The eminent American architect has a modernist style and describes his influences as coming from “vernacular architecture of the American homestead.” Vernacular architecture prizes using local materials to meet local and regional needs. Jacobsen’s residential designs tend to center on pavilions that recall the separate outbuildings common in rural American architecture (think: barns, smokehouses, silos).


In Meadowbrook, this translates to the "Village of One's Own," which on the blueprint is identified as five separate pavilions. In actuality, they're all connected through a variety of roof lines to create a single 4,500-square-foot-plus home.

The home is finished in a simple white facade that evokes one of Jacobson's pet styles, old New England, but also gives the home shades of Bauhaus.

There are dormer skylights, cathedral ceilings and windows everywhere. Inside, the home features modern design twists on classic elements. Pocket doors throughout seem new instead of Victorian. Hidden storage in a raised-panel wall in the dining room seems futuristic instead of dated. Downstairs is a jaw-dropping library ringed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves as well as a master suite with a four-poster bed designed specifically by Jacobsen himself. There are three additional bedrooms, each with 10-foot ceilings and access to the blue-stone patio.

Views of the property's four acres are afforded by wall-sized windows and an enormous terrace with excellent sight lines. The property also includes a four-car garage designed to look like a barn, which includes its own loft.

THE FINE PRINT
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 partial
Square feet: 4,552
Price: $1.8 million




TREND photos courtesy Kurfiss Sotheby's New Hope
Listing: 1625 Stocton Rd., Meadowbrook, PA 19046 [Kurfiss Sotheby's New Hope]

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  • kimada

    Really like this, and it’s interesting how it’s at the “danger” age for a luxury home to appear dated (25 years or so) and because of its distinctive style it does NOT seem to be. I’ve always thought that a house like this, modern but with aspects that suggest, rather than reproduce, a traditional house, is far more inspiring than a contemporary/modern house that just looks predictable. It could be argued that this house (with all the white) is too bland but that is more than offset by the way it all seems to come together (all right, I would add a cage-like light fixture in bright orange but that’s just for fun…..)

  • Lisa

    who knew that there was an architectural gem hidden between the tackiest homes in the entire county…maybe even state. I still think there needs to be a book on the “architectural monstrosities of Pennock Woods.” This property would be excluded. Remember this article?
    http://www.phillymag.com/property/2014/01/28/taste-challenged-home-montgomery-county/

    • kimada

      My mom’s rich aunt and uncle had a new stone colonial in Rydal in the early 1940′s – Pegged hardwood floors, Dorothy Draper wallpaper in the powder room, and a yellow Kitchenaid dishwasher (in 1942!) _ Rydal and Meadowbrook have always had some of the most gorgeous houses in suburban Philadelphia (including incredible mid-century mod. houses from the 50′s and 60′s). Yes. And then there’s Pennock Woods. Oh well.