The moment from which I derive the greatest professional satisfaction is when someone walks into a house for the first time and says, “Wow—you nailed it.” That’s the architecture of joy.”—Mark P. Finlay
Once a young explorer content among the trees and nature of his boyhood home in Northbrook Illinois, Mark Finlay’s passion for beauty and design drove him from the Chicago suburb to eventually work with the renowned architectural firm of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo. His wealth of experience grew over time, as a part of the team that completed some of the iconic works of Eero Saarinen. Branching out, Finlay started his own firm in 1984. After 35 masterful years, completing works of artful design around the country, Mark P. Finlay Architects offers us Country Houses: The Architecture of Mark P. Finlay. (May 15, 2018; ISBN: 9781864707298; IMAGES PUBLISHING).
This beautiful monograph invites readers into Finlay’s artistic world, unveiling how his keen insights lead to creation of the most personal and memorable of spaces: a home. Alongside stunning photography, this distinctive and thoughtful volume delivers 12 of Finlay’s finest works, all which have pushed creative boundaries.
Projects include in the book:
Historical boathouse & landing in Newport, RI
Coastal gem in Southport, CT
Luscious private library in Ridgefield, CT
French Colonial style in Spring Island, SC
Sprawling horse farm and manor in Charlottesville, SC
Georgian Revival in Greenwich, CT
Sophisticated stately charm in Darien, CT
Century-old discovery in Rye, NY
Waterview paradise in Southport, CT
Lush estate in Palm Beach, FL
Finlay creates properties that put forth intimacy in even the grandest of spaces and grandeur in their intimate moments. In these luxurious residences, subtle elegance and graceful simplicity reign. Along with sharing the stories behind these properties, Finlay provides detailed sketches, diagrams, and plans. His sharp focus and keen eye for detail make these structures look and feel as if they’ve lived on their sites for centuries. Country Houses: The Architecture of Mark P. Finlay is an inspiration for anyone imagining their dream home, their own personal “architecture of joy.”