2011 A-List Award Winner
A Georgian Country Estate
THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF GREENWICH’S MID-COUNTRY sets the stage for the formal grandeur of this magnificent country estate. The brick and limestone Georgian design was inspired by the owners’ preference for something tasteful and conservative on the one hand, yet grand enough on the other such that it could readily accommodate the frequent large-scale entertaining required for the philanthropic and fund-raising work that the family is involved in.
In keeping with traditional Georgian style, the front façade of the house is elegant yet restrained, featuring relatively little ornamentation with the exception of limestone accents for the quoins, window surrounds and entrance portico. The rear of the house, however, is undeniably grand with long sweeping views of the lawn and formal garden from the back terrace. Centered between bay windows topped with circular balustrades, the rear portico is proportioned exquisitely, and is given further emphasis by limestone pilasters and columns that continue up to the second floor. The prominence of the portico is enhanced by the entablature, which is comprised of a single slab of limestone that was so heavy it required special construction equipment to hoist into place.
The interior of the house is equally as grand. The ample dimensions and luxurious details of the principal rooms bestow upon them an enviable elegance. A cupola above the central staircase leading off the entryway bathes the sweeping stair hall in sunlight. To give the space added distinction, the staircase was custom designed and the balusters were individually carved from mahogany. In keeping with the formal symmetry of Georgian architecture, the dining room and living room lead off either side of the stair hall. The dining room ceiling features delicate plasterwork in the Adam style. Its intricate ornamentation is painted in soft pastel shades giving it a wonderful balance of formal grandeur and style.
Many of the rooms in the house were fitted with antique stone fireplaces procured from England. Such was the case with the library, which also features custom-made burled oak paneling milled in England. The decorative motifs reflected in the paneling are recurring elements that can be found throughout the architectural design of the house. This continuity is essential to the symmetry of Georgian design, and provides the foundation for the refined elegance associated with this architectural style.
The pool pavilion, which was honored with a 2011 A-List Award, mimics the design of the main house. In presenting the award, Bunny Williams noted “this elegant classical structure sits quietly in its surroundings, constructed of the best materials, which all contribute to the understated luxury.”