Dining Room

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“Then above the high fence would appear a ‘fringe-top’, the oblong top of the black surrey with its hanging fringe. . . . peering faces under the fringe could get a perfect view of our garden. ‘Two girls built this house,’ and the familiar laughter as the driver said, ‘They have turned the pig-pen into a dining room!'”

Hanna Monaghan

The section of pig-pen not part of the open patio became the dining room, a cool spot looking out over the garden through leaded windows. The Monaghans chose blue tile crosses set into the floor and colorful tableware and objets d’art, set into open shelves.


Banner photo from Greater Light, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), Historic Structure Report No. 102, 1983 in the NHA Library Collections.

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