As Betsy Shiverick recalls, “We kept driving by it. The house was in terrible shape, but it’s such a noble, iconic treasure.” And she had no doubt that Fairfax & Sammons — equally adept at classical-style new designs and sensitive updates to historic properties — was the right choice to undertake the project.
After demolishing a not-needed servants’ wing that had been added in the 1980s and restoring the exterior and the interior of what remained of the original house — including the entry, stair hall, living room, two bedrooms, and a tower that became Shiverick’s office — the architects created a new family room, kitchen (with a breakfast terrace) and two more bedrooms, plus a bunk room. Throughout the house, they used original materials, both in restoring the old interiors and in crafting the new rooms. “Every material is a real material — plaster, tile, wood stone, or metal,” Sammons says.
They also created a pool and a tiled courtyard meant for entertaining. “Courtyard living is important in Palm Beach,” Sammons explains. “You live outdoors.”
- Pila Viladas, 1stDibs