House, Entry Garden and The Writing is on the Wall

The house was built in the late 1960s to replace a summer cottage. Designed by architect Robert Humphreys, it is modernist in style. By incorporating materials common to this area of Quebec (fieldstone foundations, barnboard siding and cedar-shingle roofing), the contemporary design fits comfortably into the surrounding landscape.

The Entry Garden combines native shrubs with spring- and summer-blooming perennials to create an inviting and welcoming environment. Originally designed by the Montreal landscape architect Myke Hodgins, this area has been modified over the years, with Patterson adding her own touches and making the area easier to maintain. The sculpture, Untitled 1984–85  by renowned Quebec artists Louise Doucet and Satoshi Saito, stands in the Entry Garden.

The neon sign, The Writing is on the Wall, was designed by Patterson Webster and is mounted on the house’s exterior wall in a covered sitting area.