This new 7,500 square foot classical stone house was designed for a woman with important collections of Federal style furniture and Hudson River School and American Impressionist paintings. A modern-day version of a Palladian villa, it was inspired by the works of Benjamin Latrobe, Robert Adam and Sir John Soane. PPA concealed the complexity of the plans and section behind four symmetrical facades of warm, buff-colored sandstone, each of a slightly different architectural character, and organized the plan around a groin-vaulted hall with a cylindrical stair that rises to a domed, top lit gallery on the second floor. Two major central axes organize the interconnecting rooms: the front door leads from the porte-cochere, through the vaulted hall, into the drawing room, ornamented with Greek Revival door casings and Aeolic pilasters. The stair connects to the faux bois library and south-facing vistas of the Hudson Valley. Small, domed book recesses on either side of the library fireplace connect to a concealed bar behind the chimney breast. As the most dramatic interior in the house, the second-floor gallery connecting to the bedrooms features a handkerchief dome, niches and wall space for art. The decoration of the rooms, sensitively carried out by Thomas Jayne, reinforces the classical nature of the design, the art collection and the antique furniture.
Partner-in-Charge: Thomas P. R. Nugent
Design Director: Gregory Gilmartin
Associates: Nebojsa Savic, Anton Glikin, Sean Blackwell, Timothy P. Kelly, F. Patrick Mohan, Eero Schultz, Andrew Davis, James Taylor
Landscape Design: Ruthie Bontecou of RB Ltd.
Interior Design: Thomas Jayne, Jayne Design Studio
Photography: Pieter Estersohn (1-13) and Jonathan Wallen (14-23)