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"Burr and McCallum fitted the house to the land like moss to a stone" wrote architecture critic Robert Campbell.
"Frank Gehry meets the Shakers" is how former Dean of the Yale Architecture School, Thomas Beebe, once described our work.
These two quotes describe what we strive for in our architecture. It must start with a strong connection with the site: physically, historically and emotionally. And from that beginning emerges invention. We love to use old materials in innovative ways. We update traditional construction methods that have proven their worth over centuries with new materials and current energy conservation techniques. History is our friend and our inspiration.
We have been in business since 1982, always from our home base in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. Ours is a country practice, leading happily to a wide variety of project types, including schools, museums, shops, and the mainstay of our practice: houses. Our work has been recognized internationally through publications, exhibitions, and awards.
Franklin Andrus Burr, FAIA, received his B.A. at Williams College and his M. Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture (1970). Andy is a registered architect in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont.
Ann Kidston McCallum, FAIA, received her B. A. from McGill University and her M. Arch. from Yale School of Architecture (1980). She currently teaches architectural design at Williams College. Ann is registered in Massachusetts and New York.
Berkshires House X: Natural conditions drove the forms of this rural house on a windy hillside. Capturing the warmth of the sun is particularly important in a house used primarily in the winter, but it is challenging when the views are in every other direction. Three barn forms are connected with simple sheds, forming a south-facing courtyard. A 2nd courtyard faces west, with a south-facing “sun-catcher” porch. High windows in the mezzanine and a large south-facing skylight contribute to solar heating. Photo: Michael Lavin Flower, click here for more photos
Berkshires House VII: An adventurous pair of houses for two brothers, avid fans of New England industrial architecture. This one creates an exterior recalling the narrative of old mill buildings developed over many decades. The exterior is gritty, the interior refined. Photo: Click here for more photos
Egan House, Sugar Hill, NH: Located on a steep site and built for clients with a tiny budget and a wonderful sense of adventure. Color and inexpensive materials such as corrugated steel siding, bamboo flooring, sliding barn doors, inexpensive cable railings, and painted stairs, were used inventively throughout. Photo: Click here for more photos
The Porches Inn at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA: Directly across the street from Mass MoCA, the largest contemporary art museum in the country, and designed from a derelict row of worker houses, this elegantly funky inn now provides lodging to hundreds of Berkshire visitors each year. The guest rooms all have different color schemes and are decorated with local car travel memorabilia, 40s TV lamps, and material salvaged from demolition or designed to pay homage to the generations of factory workers who lived in these houses. Photo: Click here for more photos
Berkshires House I: Simple, recognizable forms are used here in unusual ways. The 2,000 sq. ft. house is bisected along its long axis, the north side with masonry walls and small openings, and the south side with open columns and a "porch". Spanning between them are the living spaces, "perfect" platonic solids which are allowed to penetrate the roof and to bring in light. Winner of the 1989 Palladio Award. Photo: Click here for more photos
Berkshires House XIII: This residence is focused around a noted contemporary art collection. We balanced the clients’ desire for long stretches of wall space protected from UV light with their wish for plenty of windows by means of minimally glazed pods inserted into a classic modern glass box. Featuring Vermont slate exterior as the wall cladding, triple glazed windows, super insulated walls and ceilings, and geothermal heating and cooling. Photo: Michael Lavin Flower, click here for more photos
Berkshires House XIII Photo: Michael Lavin Flower, click here for more photos
Seckler House, Alford, MA: Berkshire vernacular architecture has always inspired our work, which borrows heavily from houses, barns, and old mills of the area. This project marks the first time we have stolen inspiration from the sawtooth roofs of the many moribund mills of the Berkshires. Our clients had always admired our industrial-inspired work and they wanted a small footprint with a lot of punch, but on a tight budget. The sawteeth allowed us to bring direct shafts of south sun into all major rooms. Photo: Ann K. McCallum, click here for more photos
Seckler House, Alford, MA: An insulated commercial garage door opens onto the screened porch. The island is made by inserting off-the-shelf tool boxes into a custom frame. Photo: Peter Vanderwarker, click here for more photos
Leopold House, Williamstown, MA: Weekend jaunts to western Massachusetts led the owner and his girlfriend to this 1950’s house in a funky location close to town. Inside and out, the owners have retained the 50’s theme, combining a nod to mid-century modern with a contemporary feel. The budget was kept modest by adding only one simple shed dormer, opening up the interior space, and using cost effective solutions like IKEA cabinets. Photo: Peter Vanderwarker, click here for more photos