Avram Dehpour lived in a large, angular house of brick
and wood, at the end of Livingston Street, where the
lake lapped up against the grassy shore. It was a
serious house, heavy and permanent, with roofs and eaves that
loomed over wide porches front and back. The walls were
fitted with tall, narrow windows decorated with lead stencils of
sugar maples in leaf, the green-and-orange glass allowing sepia-toned views
of the water from almost any position inside, part of
what the architect called the “simple rhythm of a landscape
unobscured.” The lake house was designed around five great fireplaces.
Paraphrases from the novel Waterborne by Bruce Murkoff.