Private Residence
Gwynedd, Pennsylvania

Project Information
  • Architecture: Kass & Associates
  • Interior Design: Carlisle Y. Nostrame
  • Landscape Design: Charles E. Hess, Jr.
  • Structural Engineer: Bevan E. Lawson, P.E.
  • General Contractor: A. J. Lewis Corporation
  • Photography: Matt Wargo, Jay Greene Photography

This new Mediterranean style home north of Philadelphia was designed as a backdrop to the Owner's collection of Art Deco art and furnishings.

The Art Deco theme is established at the front gates, where a sequence of custom wrought iron elements unfold. Inspired by 1930's decorative ironwork from France, the motifs of the entrance gates are repeated in the arched surround of the front entry door, continues with the sweeping railing of the curved main staircase, and culminates in the design of a second floor balcony that provides views of the garden from the Master Bedroom.

The principal public rooms on the first floor are connected through an enfilade of cased, arched openings. The vaulted ceiling of the two-story Family Room is supported on a cornice and entablature of plaster swags and garlands. The Breakfast Room has a beaded board and wood-beamed ceiling that conveys the feel of a garden pavilion.

A series of informal entertaining spaces were created in the lower floor of the house for family gatherings. This includes an Egyptian-themed Home Theatre and a 1950's Diner themed Recreation Room highlighted by red and white banquette seating and displaying the Owner's collection of period advertising and neon.