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NY Times - February 3, 2008

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"In the contemporary landscape of architecture, someone like Richard Sammons doesn’t get lionized by the fledgling and impressionable (and constantly blogging) designerati. That might be because his firm, Fairfax & Sammons, which he owns with his wife, Anne Fairfax, specializes in traditional architecture. Their projects, which include new homes and redesigns for actors like Liv Tyler and Sarah Jessica Parker and for the playwright John Guare (as well as for the just plain wealthy), are classical beauties featuring meticulous craftsmanship and personalized details. There are no towering crystal pyramids on Mr. Sammons’s résumé. His houses, alas, look like houses. So it doesn’t require a giant leap of the imagination to see how Mr. Sammons could be taken by the classic allure of a Morgan Plus 8. Although he bought his car new in 2003, the elegant little roadster looks like something one would have found bumbling across the British lowlands 60 years ago, perhaps with a picnic basket in the trunk." - Richard S. Chang