Mizner Memorial Fountain in Palm Beach Gets Council Approval

April 7, 2022

Previous efforts to add stairs to the landmarked structure, which was designed by famed architect Addison Mizner in 1929, were scuttled when the Florida Division of Historical Resources objected to the project over concerns that it would detract from the architectural integrity of the fountain.

Those concerns have been echoed ...

Fairfax & Sammons Wins Stanford White Award for a Classic 'East End' Cape Cod Cottage in Southampton

Nov. 1, 2020

This new house begins with an entry hall leading to a large living room looking west through a large picture window towards Great Peconic Bay. The kitchen and dining room are open to the living room, creating massive amounts of light in all three rooms. A large brick fireplace centers ...

Fairfax & Sammons Wins Stanford White Award for Il Cortile in Palm Beach

Nov. 8, 2019

The house, known as ‘Il Cortile’, has a plan centered on a courtyard and its adjacent outdoor rooms that connect the owners and their guests to interior spaces. The intent was to design and construct a house that would be appropriate in scale and character and to ensure that all ...

Fairfax & Sammons Wins Two Awards in Urban Design for Borox and Jaca, Spain

Sept. 7, 2018

Through the generous support and guidance of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and the International Network of Traditional Builders, Architects, and Urban Planners (INTBAU), the annual open competition to promote traditional urbanism and crafts of Spain is held on a yearly basis. The 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition awarded ...

Fairfax & Sammons Architects Wins Palladio Award for New Row of Townhouses

April 9, 2018

Fairfax & Sammons won the prestigious Palladio Award for a new row of townhouses in Brooklyn, NY, awarded by Traditional Building Magazine. This urban development project consists of a row of seven, fifteen-foot wide, single-family townhouses located in downtown Brooklyn. The firm was engaged in the design and detailing of the facades for the row. As the developer insisted on seven units and the house are only fifteen feet wide, normally ...

Fairfax & Sammons Architects Wins Palladio Award for a New House in Lost Tree Village

Nov. 21, 2017

We attended a lovely ceremony at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida by the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. The project is a new house in Lost Tree Village in the Anglo-Caribbean style. The team involved in the project was SMLA Landscape Architects, Cynthia Thomas ...

Fairfax & Sammons wins Inaugural Preservation Award

April 3, 2017

Fairfax & Sammons won a preservation award for their restoration and addition in the historic district of Lake Worth, Florida. "J Street" consists of two circa 1920's buildings, one Federal and one Mediterranean Revival. Both buildings were in an uninhabitable state when the project commenced. The Federal building at the ...

Fairfax & Sammons Win Two Stanford White Awards

Dec. 5, 2013

Fairfax & Sammons have been awarded two 2013 Stanford White Awards. Named in honor of architect Stanford White (1853-1906), of the distinguished New York firm McKim, Mead & White, the Stanford White Award recognizes achievement in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship & artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County ...

Anne Fairfax at The Classical Tradition Conference

Dec. 5, 2013

Anne Fairfax will be speaking at the inaugural Classical Tradition Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah which is taking place on February 6th - 8th 2014 at the Grand America Hotel. The Classical Tradition Conference is a forum to bring together passionate individuals who share a common interest in classical and ...

Register now for Architectural Proportion Course

April 1, 2013

Richard Sammons will be teaching a course at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art called :  ADVANCED PROPORTION: GEOMETRICAL PROPORTIONING IN PRACTICE AND APPLICATION on 4 evening sessions: THURSDAYS, APRIL 18–MAY 9, 2013; 6:30– 9:00PM

Proportion is the most crucial, yet most misunderstood aspect of architectural design. It exists ...

Buildings by Hand: Exhibition at The Prince's Foundation, London

Feb. 14, 2013

Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons have been invited to participate in an exhibition at the Prince's Foundation, 19-22 Charlotte Rd, London. "Buildings by Hand: the Design Process through Drawing" showcases the work of INTBAU College of Tradtional Practitioners, and explores the connection between new traditional buildings and the ...

Richard Sammons to Teach Advanced Proportion Course

Feb. 14, 2013

Richard Sammons will teach an advanced geometric proportion course at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Proportion is the most crucial, yet most misunderstood aspect of architectural design. It exists today as the last bastion of objective logic in the realm of aesthetics. Indeed, without an understanding of proportion ...

Richard Sammons, Lecture at The Art Worker's Guild, London

Feb. 14, 2013

Richard Sammons, a brother with the Art Worker's Guild in London, delivered a lecture to his fellow members called " A Fresh Look at Proportion," on January 24th, 2013.  Richard deals with this complex and often misunderstood subject in an elegant way, allowing the topic to be accessible to architects ...

Fairfax & Sammons Takes Top National Architecture Prize

Feb. 8, 2013

Fairfax & Sammons Architects P.C have been awarded the 2013 Arthur Ross Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). This annual award recognizes and celebrates lifetime achievement and excellence in the classical tradition of architecture. Past recipients include such notable architects as Robert Stern, Jacquelin Robertson ...

Fairfax & Sammons win an Addison Mizner Medal

July 11, 2012

Fairfax & Sammons Architects have won the first annual Addison Mizner Medal presented by the ICAA Florida chapter in the "Renovation/Addition - Estate Single Family" category, with their Il Palmetto Palm Beach project. 

Fairfax & Sammons receive Hyland Award for Excellence in Design

June 1, 2012

Richard Sammons & Anne Fairfax were pictured in the Daily News on June 1st 2012 attending an event at Christopher Hyland's (of Apple iPad's Hyland Magazine) home, where they received a Hyland Award for Excellence in Design. 

2012 Summer Lecture Series, four Wednesdays in June

May 24, 2012

Richard Sammons & Richard Dragisic will be contributing to a panel discussion on "Reimaging Maurice Fatio's Masterpiece, Il Palmetto", June 27th. The series, Descendants of Daedalus: Masters of Artisanship in the 21st Century, will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s founding ...

Fairfax & Sammons Architects NYU Village Proposal in West View News

May 8, 2012

Many Villagers have reacted in horror after hearing NYU's proposal for expansion. The current plan may be monstrous, but as monstrous as leveling the six city blocks that was necessary to make room for the existing NYU Village. The superblock Washington Square Village from the late 50's and ...

Fairfax & Sammons Architects with Hyland Magazine

April 25, 2012

Fairfax & Sammons Architects are priviledged to be invited to a reception in their honor for excellence in Design by Hyland Magazine and Nest Seekers International. 

Hyland Magazine is available exclusively on the Apple iPad. 

Fairfax & Sammons is featured in The Vintage House

July 12, 2011

Fairfax & Sammons Architects were honored to be a part of the new book, The Vintage House, featuring their successful renovation in 2004 to an 18th century cottage in Quogue, New York on Long-Island's South Shore. A new kitchen and mudroom was the task with the client having the desire ...

Anne Fairfax Lectures at 14th Annual US/ICOMOS International Symposium

June 1, 2011

Anne Fairfax lectured recently  at the 14th annual US / International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) International Symposium held in Washington D.C. June 2-4, 2011 on the issue of designing and building within historic districts.  She was asked to present a firm project that featured how to handle ...

Anne Fairfax Featured Panelist on Colonial Revival Exhibition

Feb. 11, 2011

Anne Fairfax will be a panelist for the exhibition to benefit The American Style Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis on February 3, 2011. Colonial Revival sought to follow the American colonial architecture of the period around the Revolutionary War, usually being two stories in height with the ridge pole ...

Preservation Foundation Palm Beach Lecture - RD Dragisic, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010

Richard Dragisic, Project Manager at Fairfax & Sammons lecture was included in the series Architects on Architects at the Preservation Foundation Palm Beach on December 15, 2010. RD's lecture featured Marion Syms Wyeth, an American architect who designed numerous mansions in Florida including the Florida's Governors Mansion in Tallahassee. Shangri-La is pictured to the ...

Durability in Construction Colloquium - Richard Sammons

April 1, 2010

Richard Sammons was an invited speaker at The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture's three-day colloquium, “Durability in Construction,” Oct. 26 to 28, 2010 at Bond Hall, South Bend, Indiana. Durability was central to the practice of architecture for millennia; it went without saying that a building ...

Fairfax & Sammons Architects Wins Two Shutze Awards, 2010

March 22, 2010

Fairfax & Sammons walked away with two 2010 Shutze Awards in February, 2010 - one for an urban design project in Charleston, South Carolina and the other for a new stone house in Cooperstown, New York. The awards are sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America's Southeast Chapter ...

Fairfax & Sammons Wins our 2nd CNU Award, 2010

March 20, 2010

FAirfax & Sammons won a prestigious CNU Award this year, Best for Small Town modernization - Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra in the Pyrenees and also in 2008 for A Vision of Marion Square in Charleston, Sout Carolina. The projects are based on the Charter principal: In order to promote the economic and general welfare of the city and of the public generally, and to insure the harmonious, orderly and efficient growth and development of the municipality ...

Coudert Institute Round Table on Architecture

March 14, 2010

Paul Goldberger, Vladimir Kagan, Anne Fairfax, Richard Sammons and John Loring as Moderator. Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic of The New Yorker, will discuss his two new books: "Why Architecture Matters" and "Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture," a collection of his architecture pieces from The New Yorker ...

Richard Sammons Lectures on Architectural Proportion

Nov. 19, 2008

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America hosted a special lecture with Richard Sammons at the Preservation Foundation in Palm Beach, Florida, February 13, 2010 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm,  on the "Mechanics of Beauty". The lecture and workshop taught by architect Richard Sammons covers the understanding ...

Fairfax & Sammons Contenders for New Chelsea Barracks Scheme

Nov. 18, 2008

Fairfax & Sammons Architects are in the running and being considered for the redesign of Chelsea Barracks, a prime 13-acre property in Chelsea, London. The original plan has been scrapped upon protest from HRH Prince Charles of Wales. The developer, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, bought it for an ...

Anne Fairfax Presents Arthur Ross Awards, 2008

Nov. 15, 2008

Anne Fairfax, chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture presented the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition at the University Club in New York, in May, 2008. Close to 400 people attended to recognize the year’s winners and to pay tribute to the ICA&CA’s ...

Classical Visionaries: A Jeffersonian Evening

Nov. 14, 2008

Every year The Soane Museum Foundation holds a gala honoring those who uphold the classical tradition, at the Rainbow Room in New York. In 2009, Anne Fairfax and Foundation board member, Richard Sammons, were on hand to offer the official toast to the honorees, architect and urban designer, Jacquelin Robertson and ...

Charleston Office Art Walk

Nov. 12, 2008

We decided to think outside the box and hold our own Art Walk with renderings of our projects displayed gallery-style throughout our new office. The response was overwhelming and we hosted well over 250 people who came through our doors. Featuring prominently were our watercolour renderings of our "Vision of ...

New Palladian Exhibition in London and Holland, 2008

Nov. 2, 2008

Principals, Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons were two of a compendium of architects to have an exhibit celebrating Celebrating the Year of Palladio 1508 - 2008 to mark the 500th Birthday of Andrea Palladio. The exhibition, sponsored by INTBAU, toured UK, Europe, USA and Australia and included the works by the world's leading practitioners of contemporary Classicism ...

Charleston Statue Sparks Debate, 2008

Nov. 1, 2008

Christopher Liberatos, former head of the Fairfax & Sammons Charleston office, designed the new base for the Moultrie statue in White Point Garden at the Battery in Charleston. It was a pro bono project for Christopher and it caused an unintended rallying point in The Charleston Post & Courier when the contractor installed the trigyphs upside down. Classicists everywhere stood behind Christopher who has asked that this be rectified. John Liberatos the brother of Christopher is also a staunch supporter of Traditional Architecture... This article is written by Robert Behre who has been vocal about the many causes Fairfax & Sammons has supported in Charleston along with Robert Russell and Jack Simmons, President of The Committee to Save The City. When we participated in A Vision For Marion Square there were articles written with great care and detail. One in particular is the article shown in The Post & Courier Thanksgiving weekend, see here.

"To many people, the ...

NY Junior League House Tour of West 4th St 2008

Oct. 31, 2008

Anne Fairfax & Richard Sammons lent their carriage houses in Greenwich Village to the Junior League House tour.

This pair of carriage houses on a busy Greenwich Village street has an intriguing past. The smaller of the houses began life in the 1880s as a stable for a Washington Place townhouse. Converted in 1917 to a residence in the Colonial Revival style by architect Fayerwhether, it acquired a mansard roof in 1936.

An early celebrated occupant was the landscape architect, Annette Hoyt Flanders. Its larger neighbor was built in 1919 as a sculpture studio and was occupied originally... by the Italian sculptor, designer of the Pierce Arrow hood ornament. The house was purchased in the 1920’s and renovated in the 1960’s, by the the American industrialist prolific art collector, Armand Hammer, who joined both buildings and renovated them to be his downtown New York pied-à-terre. The West 4th Street house has been featured in the New York Junior League Tour in May 2008.

"Looking for the intimacy of a bygone era? Find yourself back in the 1880’s in a restored Georgian Carriage House and the adjacent classically detailed 1919 home in the West Village. You can almost hear the clip clop of horse carriages meandering down the small street. This home belongs to renowned designers and authors Anne ...

Leaving the Dark Ages - Article by Richard Sammons

Oct. 16, 2008

Richard Sammons being an authority on proportion and scale was approached byTraditional Building Magazine to write an article about Princeton's new Whitman College. The project is a beautiful example of Green Architecture as it cost roughly $450 per sqft. The result is an efficient and well appointed project ...

OpenHouseNewYork Tour of West 4th St, 2008

Oct. 12, 2008

The Fairfax & Sammons House on West 4th Street, New York City participated in the annual OpenHouseNewYork (OHNY) tour in October, 2008. Originally occupied by an Italian sculptor, the designer of the Pierce Arrow hood ornament, it was acquired in the 1920’s by the industrialist and art collector, Armand Hammer, who joined the two buildings together and remodeled them as his New York ...

Palm Beach Preservation Lecture & Book Signing Review, 2008

Oct. 1, 2008

It was standing room only when Anne Fairfax, of the New York architectural firm of Fairfax & Sammons, delivered a presentation at the foundation on January 18 at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. The impetus for Ms. Fairfax's talk was the recent publication of a book regarding the works of her and husband's company entitled, American Houses: the Architecture of Fairfax & Sammons. The lecture was an engaging exploration of the work of one of America's preeminent architectural partnerships that specializes in the classical vernacular. In 2005 the firm opened an office in Palm Beach.One of the most endearing client vignettes presented by Ms. Fairfax concerned the renovation of a Manhattan brownstone townhouse owned by Sarah Jessica Parker. The direction provided by Ms. Parker for the restoration was the desire to install front porch steps because "she wanted to sit on the stoop and eat ice cream with her future children."Another example mentioned of the firm's classical genre was the design for Litchfield, a Georgian style villa in Connecticut. The residence was constructed of brick and cast stone columns, pediments and quoins obtained from the West Palm Beach firm of Herpel, Inc ...

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