Home of the Week: Famous firm behind winged design of ex-carriage house

Home of the Week Westwood
This original structure was built in 1926. The wings were added in 1964. Craig F. Walker/Globe staff

75 Thatcher St., Westwood


Style: Former carriage house

Year built: 1926/expanded since

Square feet: 5,903

Bedrooms: 6

Baths: 4 full, 1 half

Sewer/water: Public

Taxes: $17,059 (2017)

As one walks past the stuccoed wall, through the cast-iron gate and into the courtyard with a cork tree and pea stone underfoot, there is a home with wings that radiate from a tower like outstretched arms.

The design is the handiwork of one of Boston’s most famous architectural firms, which in 1964 converted this carriage house into an expansive home. Now known as Shepley Bulfinch, the firm was founded in 1874 by H.H. Richardson, the architect behind Trinity Church in Copley Square.

The foyer in the tower, entered via a Dutch door, acts like a rotary, with a hallway to the left leading to the wing that houses the master and guest suites. The hallway on the right leads to the wing with the main living spaces — a dining area, living room, and a lofted library reached by a corkscrew staircase. The third hallway off the foyer opens into the wing with the kitchen and family room. Many of the doorways are archways framed by mahogany-stained wood, and the flooring is hardwood and stone.

The living room is the highlight of the left wing: Two stunning chandeliers cascade from a barreled ceiling with a skimcoat of white plaster that towers over the multicolored stone floor and the elaborately carved oak fireplace. On one side, a set of three doors opens to the courtyard.

In the private wing, the master suite offers a chandelier with candle-like lights, built-ins that frame a porthole window, and a set of windows looking out to the backyard. The master bath, entered via an arched doorway, has a soaking tub, a separate multihead shower behind glass doors, a herringbone-patterned stone floor, and a white double vanity topped with marble. Through the bathroom is a 77-square-foot closet with dark brown cabinets.

The third wing houses a kitchen open to the family room, a mudroom, a half bath, and a laundry room. The kitchen won’t turn a bad cook into a good chef, but it inspires. The appliances are high-end, and custom handcrafted tiles from England that are a rich shade of red counterpoint the white stove hood and cabinets. The custom cabinetry is white with a celadon glaze, there are two sinks (including a farmer’s-style one underneath a window), and an L-shaped island with bead-board design offers seating for at least four. The counters in the kitchen and butler’s pantry are leathered Nordic black granite. The pantry is hidden by a red sliding barn door.

The focal point of the family room is a fireplace with a mantel of roughly hewn stone. Adjacent is a set of doors leading to the backyard patio.

Two sets of stairs to the second floor meet at a sitting room. This abuts an octagonal-shaped room on the tower’s second level, a space used as a music room that could serve as a bedroom. The second floor, an addition, mirrors the original by featuring a long hallway lined by windows on one side and by rooms on the other.

There are three bedrooms in all: The first has an en-suite rustic-style bath with a white subway tile backsplash and a walk-in closet. The others share a bath with a double vanity topped with granite and a glass-enclosed shower.

The home’s electrical and plumbing systems, insulation, and sewer line have been updated. There are four temperature zones, and the burner, fueled by a propane tank, is new. The home does not have a basement.

The 3.54-acre property includes an attached three-car garage, a freestanding two-vehicle garage, and a stone potting shed built into the earth and used for yard equipment storage.

Rice Reservation, Lyman’s Pond, and schools are within walking distance.

The listing agent is Elena Price of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Westwood. Her website is

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Please note: The open house scheduled for this Sunday has been canceled.