House of General Charles G. Loring
Prides Crossing, Massachusetts
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img   Samuel Codman (1908–)

Sam has lovingly cared for the property, virtually unaided, from the 1960’s to the present. At the age of 97, Mr. Codman still cares for the house and grounds himself.

I first met Sam Codman at a formal dinner party over 25 years ago and he invited me to "Come on over and see my Shingle Style house". I did just that but when I went to visit, he was nowhere to be found. I finally located him on a ladder with a bucket of paint.

Sam has built his life around the house. Each time I'd visit, Sam would be working as the seasons required. In the spring he'd open the unheated part of the house, cut the cat briar, turn the water on for the garden fountain and clean the side of the hill. During the summer, he'd rake the beach and tend the garden. And there was always the mowing. Sam would putter around the property on a rickety little riding mower, in his khackis and straw hat. In the fall he'd rake the leaves and get the house ready for the winter. He took everything in stride, the drafty windows and dripping faucets. These were acceptible to a bachelor in a way they wouldn't have been to a wife.

Sam Codman and Stephen Roberts Holt, architect and great-grandson of Loring House builder, Oliver Roberts.

Shingle-Style architecture is an American invention. Created by architects inspired by our unique early building experience in New England, they looked away from European models and, for the first time, created a truly original architecture that was informal, romantic, rustic, ingenious and expansive in form. The freedom and complexity of the Shingle-Style is in many ways a metaphor for Sam’s life. He is refined, informal, expansive and at times quite witty.

The door is always open at Sam’s. I’ve gotten used to the fact that I can grab a couple of sandwiches and stop off to have lunch and conversation with Sam in his garden."

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