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July 2, 2015
There'd be no 50 nifty United States to celebrate without each of the 13 original colonies. So as the U.S. of A. turns 239, celebrate where it all began with some of our favorite designs along the Eastern seaboard.
traditional shingle clad exterior

Connecticut: Steel shingles update the facade of the addition to this traditional 1920s house in New Haven.  

Originally appeared in Color Coded: 7 Vibrant Exteriors
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Dogfish Inn bedroom in Delaware.

Delaware: Local brewery Dogfish Head enlisted the help of Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack to design their 16-room Dogfish Inn in Lewes. Along with a handful of beer-related accessories, such as custom bottle openers, each room features original art by local artist Steve Rogers, unique blankets by Woolrich, and a medley of modern furnishings. 

Originally appeared in 50 Reasons to Love Design Made in America
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Classic Mediterranean-style house facade

Georgia: In Atlanta's elegant Buckhead neighborhood, this 1920s Mediterranean facade hides a minimalist abode filled with modern furniture from Vitra, Kartell, and Knoll, and even vintage Case Study pieces.

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Originally appeared in A Designer Brings Her Bold Brand of Texas Modern to this Atlanta Family Home
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The courtyard captures nature within the embrace of the house, a "room" of green that is simultaneously indoors and outdoors.

Maryland: Near Baltimore, the Marcel Breuer–designed Hooper House II, which dates to 1959, remains a shining example of the designer's modernist residential architecture.

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Originally appeared in Marcel Breuer Hooper House II
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Waterfront house backyard

Massachusetts: In coastal Massachusetts, Walter Gropius's 1938 Hagerty House was designed to sit as close to the ocean as possible, scandalizing the neighbors at the time with its aggressively modern design. 

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Originally appeared in Bauhaus by the Sea
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Ale House Inn

New Hampshire: Among the cobblestone streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a former bewery was transformed into a modern boutique hotel, the Ale House Inn

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Originally appeared in Hotel Focus: Ale House Inn
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Modern carport in New Jersey

New Jersey: This waterfront prefab on Lake Iosco offers its residents a low-key retreat from hectic city life. "I wanted this house to be a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all," said resident Debbi Gibbs. "We used every inch of glass allowable under code!" 

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Originally appeared in The New Zealand Native Who Can't Get Enough of the Garden State
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Modern wood beach house on Fire Island by Horace Gifford

New York: Located off the South Shore of Long Island, Fire Island is an enclave of modernist architecture, including this restored 1963 design by Horace Gifford

Originally appeared in Must-See Modern Beach Houses on Fire Island Tour
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Chapel Hill Renovation Front Exterior at Night

North Carolina: This chalet-inspired home might seem an unexpected addition to Chapel Hill, but for Susan Niffenegger and her Swiss husband, Roger Zeller, that Alpine influence translates to a light-filled abode. “At night," Niffenegger says, "one can see just how much glass the house has—it really glows.” 

Originally appeared in North Carolina Home Renovated with a Swiss Aesthetic in Mind
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Living room in Philadelphia with old rugs

Pennsylvania: In Philadelphia, the nation's birthplace, Morris Adjmi Architects designed a hotel for long-term stays in a 1920s building filled with period details. 

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Originally appeared in For a Week or Month, You Can Pretend This Hotel Is Your Own Modern Apartment
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New Addition's cedar exterior.

Rhode Island: A modern pavilion brought this 1920s Dutch colonial–style house into the 21st century, while its cedar clapboards keep it cohesive with the original shakes. 

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Originally appeared in New Addition Yanks a New England Home into the 21st-Century
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South Carolina: In South Carolina's Lowcountry, a contemporary house soars amid the oaks and alligators. The remarkably transparent 2,900-square-foot structure it “more loft than house,” says architect James Choate. 

Originally appeared in Modern Marsh House in South Carolina
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McLean, Virginia, Bridge House Master Bedroom

Virginia: On a wooded lot in the Washington, D.C., suburb of McLean, Virginia, this modern, multigenerational home features floor-to-ceiling windows by Sunshine Glass that offer expansive views of the landscape. The LC4 chaise in the master bedroom on the first floor is by Cassina.  

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Originally appeared in This Woodland Home in Virginia Was Built for Modern, Multigenerational Living
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traditional shingle clad exterior

Connecticut: Steel shingles update the facade of the addition to this traditional 1920s house in New Haven.  

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