If you aspire to be a gifted architect, it helps to grow up in a town loaded with interesting buildings. This may explain why there are few distinguished architects who were raised in, say, the Gobi desert.
Carol Wilson, an architect in Falmouth, had the good fortune to come from a town in North Carolina packed with handsome houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. She liked them, but what really captured her heart was modernist architecture. Since moving to Maine in 1981, she has designed houses and buildings that are proudly contemporary, many of them located in lovely coastal settings. “When the landscape is so beautiful,” she says, “you feel that it would be irresponsible not to respond with beauty.”
Princeton Architectural Press has just published a book, “Northern Exposure,” featuring some of the most striking buildings Wilson has designed. Maine’s people and history and culture have all shaped her work. When asked to name her favorite building in the state, she’s too modest to name one of her own creations. “I’d have to say it’s the Portland Museum of Art.” A nice choice—because it’s one we all can enjoy