This Beaux-Arts mansion by Harrison Design has a grandeur uncommon to residential design. It took three years to quarry and sculpt the eight Corinthian columns, which are solid Indiana limestone and measure 27 feet high. The ten-foot-tall entry doors are reclaimed from a French chateau and set among Doric columns and a classical broken pediment. The interior is appropriately ornate, with exquisite workmanship, including trompe l’oeil ceilings and extensive decorative gilding. Jacques Brunet, former head of the French Iron Workers Guild, designed the wrought iron and bronze work in the entry and library. A lower bookcase revolves to access a hidden study. While the mantel is antique, the remainder of the library’s millwork was produced by a southern craftsman.
2008 Shutze Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship, Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Photographer: John Umberger
Landscape Designer: Joe A. Gayle & Associates
General Contractor: Mark A. Palmer