Katherine Forrest Home and Studio // c.1860

This vernacular cottage in Noank was built in phases (and likely added onto from other historic buildings) since 1860. While the building dates to the 1860s, its significance derives from a later owner, Ms. Katherine Forrest. Katherine Forrest (1883­-1952) was a graphic designer and part of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s. She specialized in textile design and printmaking. Forrest came to Noank in 1914 and purchased her house in 1926. She was locally known by the nickname ‘Speedy’ and was remembered for dying textiles in a bathtub outside the house. The building’s vernacular character and its significance as a locally historic site as part of the village’s rebirth as an artist colony in the 20th century showcases how even smaller, unpretentious buildings in New England can tell a story.

Orlando Rouland Art Studio // 1926

Born in Illinois, Orlando Rouland (1873-1945) became a painter of rural landscapes, scenes of New York City, and portraits of actors, inventors and Presidents. He lived in New York and resided in Marblehead in summers, taking advantage of the natural scenery and rustic homes for his landscapes. In Marblehead, Rouland formed the Marblehead Arts Association and was President of the North American Artists Group. He built this small building in 1926 as his studio while he spent time in the seaside town, with the large window to provide natural light into the interior. The Colonial Revival style studio has been converted to a residence.