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Mar 1983Present


Tate Builders Inc., Design Build Home Constuction


Sep 1976Jun 1980


Oregon State University

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Possessing a B.S. degree in Business Management from Oregon State University and a family history in the construction industry, Tom Tate arrived in Martha’s Vineyard in 1981, establishing Tate Builders, Inc. shortly thereafter. The custom architectural design and construction firm builds a broad array of homes, ranging from traditional summer cottages to bold and dramatic showpieces for celebrity clients. Whether it is a thoughtful restoration of a 1930s classic Martha’s Vineyard compound or an original design, Thomas E. Tate and Tate Builders, Inc. represents exceptional quality in artisanal construction. Trained in architecture in Madison, Wisconsin, Thomas E. Tate performs calculus to construct double re-curved roof systems that push the traditional eyebrow roof to its furthest limits. With exterior designs that blend seamlessly into the traditional Martha’s Vineyard landscape, the interiors of a Thomas E. Tate design are both dramatic and inspiring, while retaining a comfortable, livable feel. Even on a larger scale, the homes designed by Thomas E. Tate hold a cozy and inviting quality. Employing massive, 50-foot carrying beams imported from British Columbia, the Peaked Hill house in Chilmark offers breathtaking views of Lucy Vincent Beach from one of the highest buildable sites on Martha’s Vineyard. With a sweeping staircase, stone fireplace, and custom windows, the Chilmark projects incorporate many of the unique features that Thomas E. Tate has used throughout his career. Individuals interested in living in one of Thomas E. Tate’s superb custom homes can contact Thomas E. Tate and Tate Builders, Inc. at 


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Hiking Trails on Martha’s Vineyard

A championship wrestler throughout junior and senior high school, Thomas Tate won a full athletic scholarship to Oregon State University. After earning a BS in business management, Tom Tate moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where he established Tate Builders Inc., a design and construction firm now entering its fourth decade. When not attending to his professional responsibilities, Thomas Tate enjoys snowboarding, boating, and hiking.Located south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard consists of about 100 square miles divided into six towns. While overdevelopment is a major concern of year-round and seasonal residents alike, conservation groups keep large tracts of land undeveloped and maintain several hiking trails; while most would not qualify as particularly challenging, they generally are of some historical significance or marked by great natural beauty.Edgartown’s Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary is a small preserve of just 17 acres that hosts an easy trail that includes vistas of a grassy meadow and Nantucket Sound, Eel Pond, and Old Ice House Pond. Half a mile outside of Edgartown, the Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve offers a peaceful, self-guided nature walk along Sengekontacket Pond. In Chilmark, the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank acquired a 185-acre area around Waskosim’s Rock just before it was converted into a subdivision. The rock itself is a huge boulder with a fissure purportedly created by lightning. Another Land Bank property, Great Rock Bight, sits on the island’s northwest shore about 4 miles from West Tisbury; its short, rugged trail leads to a 1,300-foot stretch of beach on Vineyard Sound.