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“. . . we are building an outdoor room. Patio, an open area with a Spanish flavor. We will turn the pig-pen into a patio!”

Hanna Monaghan

The Monaghan’s plan detailed that a hole be made in the side of the barn to accommodate the twelve-foot-high grilles mounted as a gateway into the new outdoor room, their patio. The patio would become an outdoor place of entertainment, gatherings, and a place to rest at the end of the day. It also became a space where they could clearly hear the passers-by and their critiques of what the Monaghans were doing to the neighborhood.



Banner photos by Samuel Kissel, ca. 1970, published in Greater Light on Nantucket, a Memoir by Hanna Monaghan

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