Robert Gross AIA house with Northern White Cedar

Atlantic White Cedar Siding 

What is Atlantic White Cedar Siding?

First, most of the cedar that is used by architects, designers and contractors is Atlantic White Cedar Siding, either as shingles or siding. There’s also Northern White Cedar Siding, known as Eastern White Cedar and Arborvitae, or Tree of Life. They’re not the same species, but they’re very similar!

We’re proud to provide both to our customers and clients. We custom mill white cedar siding (and other species) for architects and designers seeking expertise. Our architect father, Wifred Armster, started this business in 1971 to ensure his sustainable supply of white cedar lumber for his precision milling. He was a leader in modern design with custom milled siding, and supplied other architects in the Northeast.

White Cedar: cherished for ages by all

North America’s natives had many daily uses for white cedar for thousands of years. The Ojibwe and others used it for building canoes and as medicines, and its oil may help with hair loss. (Come north, Bald Cypress trees!)

Today, Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) grows from Southeast Canada west to Minnesota and from Pennsylvania to Tennessee in Appalachia. 

Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) grows from Maine south to Florida and into the Gulf States. This is the primary source of white cedar wood. 

White Cedar Wood Siding clients

The US Forest Service chose SLAM Collaborative‘s design with live edge white cedar siding for a Connecticut office.
Next to it is Barker Freeman‘s Virginia river rebuild that utilizes vertical and painted Atlantic White Cedar siding.

Arborvitae Siding and Eastern White Cedar Siding

Above, a Bergen County home by Robert Gross AIA, showcasing Eastern White Cedar siding for exterior and interior design.
Wilfred Armster created the triangular home with diagonal Atlantic White Cedar siding that he custom milled to spec.

Urban and Institutional White Cedar Siding 

Above are four custom milled profiles for Barker Freeman homes rebuilt in Brooklyn and on a Virginia riverbank.
Below is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s LOSOS Lab, designed by Ellenzweig Architects of Boston, MA.

As you’ve learned, cedar wood is prized today and has been cherished for centuries. Outdoors, it develops the classic silver-gray patina that’s seen on many an old house or barn. Cedar wood siding is an excellent choice for a wide range of architectural designs and we’ll custom mill it to your specifications. We’ve been doing it since 1971. 

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