Russell Versaci at New Dominion Bookshop April 1

In conjunction with Architecture Design Week,

New Dominion Bookshop will host

Russell Versaci

who will discuss and sign copies of his book

Roots of Home

Our Journey to a New Old House

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Noon

From the earliest colonial styles to current designs that honor and reflect the past, Roots of Home is a visually stunning journey tracing the development of today’s traditional homes.

Russell Versaci takes us back to the beginning, when our ancestors built homes that were steeped in their Old World roots and tempered by New World realities. As they settled new territories, these pioneers carried the homes of their fathers with them like a touchstone. They created new towns on the frontier by building houses similar to the ones they left behind, but suited to the new climates and materials they encountered.

From coast to coast, you’ll enjoy a fascinating tour of old New England, the Chesapeake Bay, the Florida peninsula, Mississippi valley, California and the Southwest borderlands — as you learn how culture, history, and a unique mix of indigenous qualities shaped the classic styles to evolve in each place.

Russell Versaci and Bundoran Farm

Deemed a master of the House by Southern Accents magazine, Russell Versaci has spent 30 years studying the details of old houses to learn how to re-create old house character and charm in new homes. Russell is the author of Creating a New Old House, Editor at Large of New Old House magazine, and founder of Russell Versaci Architecture in Middleburg, Virginia.

Bundoran Farm, located in southern Albemarle County, was featured in the Spring 2008 issue of New Old House magazine in an article written by Mr. Versaci on New Ruralism.

In the article, Mr. Versaci focused on strategies for “creating new communities in country places by building on traditions from America’s agrarian past.” Bundoran Farm is presented as an example of how it is possible to preserve the character and use of the rural landscape, champion environmental stewardship and fulfill the demand of people seeking to live in an authentic agrarian environment.

In addition to highlighting how 90% of Bundoran Farm’s 2,300 acres are preserved for cattle pastures, orchards, and managed forest through a distinctive system of easements and covenants, Mr. Versaci also speaks to how homes will be designed and built in the manner that “honor the spirit of the countryside”. Homes “are designed to be smaller and less intrusive on the land, using the best sustainable building practices for a greener footprint. Native building materials and craft techniques are encouraged, building local architectural character into homes meant to last for generations. The result is new homes that share in living traditions by blending with historic roots.”


One Response

  1. Thank you for the nice mention of Bundoran Farm. For those of you who haven’t been down to see what is happening down here, I encourage you to make the trip.

    Even though a great deal has been accomplised, don’t be surprised if it looks like not much has happened. That’s the goal – to lay lightly on the land and preserve the character and use of this legacy landscape.

    We couldn’t be happier with that the first house completed at Bundoran Farm was designed by Russell Versaci. It’s a perfect example of what can be done with someone studies, understands and respects the architectural heritage of a region.

    One of the best compliments we have recieved about this house is that it looks like it has always been there. Congrats go out to Russell Versaci (architect), Maple Ridge Group (the builder), the Tillman’s (the owner) and all the skilled craftspeople how made this possible.

    Joe Barnes

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