Converted Barn from Roxbury Landmark
Connecticut is famous for its barn-style homes, a type of dwelling that allows ex-urbanites
to live in a loft that looks humble—appealing to our Yankee desire to avoid flashy fanciness—
but is loaded to the rafters with cool stuff. And this 15,000-square-foot conversion may be the coolest barn home we’ve ever seen. Kudos go to owners Katie and Steve Hylen, both photographers (he an Academy Award–winning one), who took this Roxbury landmark and made a chic home out of it. Its most stunning feature is the entire wall given over to windows, held in place by steel girders and overlooking hayfields, meadows and sunsets. The home’s central space also boasts 17-foot vaulted ceilings and a tall, freestanding sculptural fireplace, encircled with built-in sofas. There is also a professional kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, three en suite bedrooms, a screening room, a sauna, a gallery space with a fountain and an open-plan top floor that has been used, variously, as a photo and art studio and a dance space.