Tanyard Hill

Tanyard Hill

40164 Bond Street

Surprising to many who see it, Tanyard Hill is a relatively new house, built in 1995.  This Greek Revival-style farm house and its bank barn were designed by architect Russell Versaci to look as if they have always belonged among Waterford’s historic homes. The summer 1997 edition of Veranda magazine describes it as “a new house that blends unnoticed with its 200-year-old neighbors.”

The owners chose the name of their home, Tanyard Hill, to honor the 18th and 19th century tanyard it overlooks. The house sits on nearly two acres of land straddling both sides of Bond Street, named for Quaker Asa Moore Bond, who was born in the village about 1804 and owned the tannery from 1830 until his death in 1877. Because the land lies within the National Historic Landmark, building approval was required from the National Park Service.

The house’s most striking feature is the wide double front porch, a favorite spot of the current owners where they enjoy quiet evenings and frequently entertain guests. The fieldstone foundation is made from stones that came from an old dry-laid fence on Second Street in the village. A heavy overhang cor­nice and half dormers project through a standing-seam copper roof. A side porch off the kitchen serves as the main entrance for friends and family, while a wisteria-laden pergola, a picket-fenced vegetable garden and stone koi pond in the terraced backyard complete the pastoral setting.

The bank barn is used by the owners as a cozy guest cottage with an open floor plan and 18-ft beamed ceilings. The barn features green board and bat­ten, garage doors built to look like barn doors, and a stone foundation to complement the main house.

The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture selected the house for its Distinctive Residential Architecture award in 2000.  Southern Living magazine selected the house for its “Southern Home” award featured in its Feb. 1999 issue. And in 1998, the house received the Washingtonian magazine “Residential Award.”

Tanyard Hill was featured in the Jan. 25, 2014 issue of the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled, “This New Old House,” with the following subheading: “Americans fed up with over-sized, over-designed McMansions are finding saner shelter in dwellings inspired by historic models on the outside—but full walk-in closets and modern kitchens within.” Tanyard Hill clearly demonstrates that thoughtful new build­ings have a place in historic communities.

Tanyard Hill is open through the courtesy of owners Stephanie Kenyon and Bill Mayer.

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