Michael Connor Builds on the Past
Based in Middlebury, Vermont, Connor Homes has been perfecting period residential construction for 40 years.
The average person easily could mistake a house built by Connor Homes as an antique. That’s because the homes designed and built by the company are so closely patterned on period houses of the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries , they fool all but an architectural expert.
What’s even more impressive, most of the architectural features in a Connor home are made in a state-of-the art factory. When founder Michael Connor got into the construction business in the early 1970s, he built reproductions modeled on the scale and proportions of early New England homes. Soon Connor realized that building architectural components in a controlled factory environment was the key to producing better quality at lower cost.
Today, framing, trim, cabinetry, and other features made in the company’s 120,000-square-foot factory are delivered on site, where the finished house is erected by a local contractor. This concept, along with a host of construction services including high-end architectural design, is at the heart of the company’s mill-built architecture.
The results are stunning. Connor’s offerings include dozens of authentic period home designs with interiors that suit contemporary lifestyles, plus custom capabilities to adapt designs to a client’s wishes. Most of the company’s clients come from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but homes have been delivered as far away as British Columbia.
Since 2010, Connor Homes has held an exclusive license from Winterthur to produce a line of homes endorsed by the museum, garden, and library that is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. Designs are drawn from the museum’s extensive archives as well as interpretations and adaptations of existing buildings on the Winterthur estate.
Meet Michael Connor and see examples of the company’s reproduction homes at the Historic Home Show at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 6–8, 2015.