History

C&M BEGINS

The idea was conceived in January of 1996 over dinner at a seafood restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts. Terry Carpenter, a builder, and Rob MacNeille, an architect, had both long dreamed of creating a multidisciplinary firm that could offer clients the full range of design and construction services as did the master builders of the previous century. The conversation was spirited, their visions were nearly identical, and by dessert they had decided to form just such a company, Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders. 

There was little contemporary precedent for this business model, but Rob and Terry agreed it was important that the culture of the company passionately support the unity of design and construction and, above all, the primacy of serving the client.  This core vision has remained at the heart of the business as it has grown and flourished since its founding.

 

 

Terry and Rob at C&M offices in 2005  

 

 C&M GROWS

1996

Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders is incorporated

1997 

C&M grows quickly and moves to Neighbors Hall in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.

1998 

The first major design and construction project is completed, a new Colonial Revival style house on West Beach in Beverly Farms.

2000 

The firm completes the Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, the historic restoration and renovation of a 19th century farmhouse into an 11-bedroom bed and breakfast for The Trustees of Reservations.

2002 

C&M begins to offer Interior Design services, further broadening the firm's ability to serve its clients.

2004 

The company establishes a custom cabinetry and millwork shop: Stephen Terhune Woodworking.

2005 

C&M and STW relocate all operations to the Essex Falls Trolley Barn in Essex, Massachusetts.

2007 

Co-founder Terry Carpenter dies unexpectedly and over 500 friends and family gather in the Essex Falls shop to honor and celebrate his life.

2008 

C&M establishes a Home Services division solely dedicated to providing routine and cyclical maintenance and small project services for C&M clients.

2010 

Carpenter & MacNeille’s work begins to achieve local, national and international recognition and is regularly featured in well-known publications including Architectural Digest, Design New England, Trends, Coastal Living, New England Home, Boston Design Guide, Northshore Magazine, and WellesleyWeston Magazine

2012
Carpenter & MacNeille is honored with the Chrysalis Award for design excellence. 

Rob MacNeille receives the Custom Home Pacesetter Award for his myriad achievements in fine home building.

 2013

C&M receives the Bulfinch Award from The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for restoration/renovation/addition work at The Cove.

C&M Interiors receives its first Design Excellence award from the New England chapter of the ASID for the master bath of Breezing Up.
 

C&M TAKES ROOT


Since 2005, Carpenter & MacNeille has called Essex, Massachusetts home.  Working out of an historic trolley barn built in 1900 to house the generator and trolley cars for the Cape Ann Line, the firm has pursued an extensive restoration of the structure and will seek National Historic Register status for it.  The facility, with 20,000 square feet under one newly restored roof, is the ideal home for the extended family of architects, designers, craftsmen and support staff who are Carpenter & MacNeille. 

 

Essex Trolley Barn c. 1905