The Johnson-Thompson House c. 1750

Historic Preservation


This Old House Magazine – May 2017

2016 Chrysalis Award for Historic Renovation

The Johnson-Thompson House, built c. 1750, has the distinct title as being the oldest structure in Winchester. Many alterations were made over the years to keep up with the times, but most recently it had the great fortune to get just the right family who appreciated and capitalized on its historic legacy. From the newly installed pine floors with hand cut, hand driven nails to the authentic rustic plaster walls and the original timber frame, this 300 year old Georgian farmhouse is a masterpiece of old and new. Together with the homeowners and Windhill Builders, Cummings Architects embarked on a journey to salvage all of the best from this home and recreate what had been lost over time.  To celebrate its history and the stories within, rooms and details were preserved where possible, woodwork and paint colors painstakingly matched and blended; the hall and parlor refurbished; the three run open string staircase lovingly restored; and details like a period appropriate front door with authentic hinges were masterfully re-created. To accommodate its modern day family, an addition was constructed to house a brand new, farmhouse style kitchen. An oversize island was topped with reclaimed oak and a unique back splash was fashioned out of brick salvaged from the home itself. Bathrooms were added and upgraded for the family of seven, including a spacious two-story master bath with claw foot tub, glass shower, and sliding barn door. The home is the perfect combination of modern family living with respect to the the antiquity of the Georgian structure.