One of the things Sally and I have become really good at these past few years is helping clients turn homes they have purchased with generic architectural detailing into homes with character and style. During my recent quest for inspirational classical details as I work with a current client, I turned to the work of William Lawrence Bottomely, an American architect whose work can be found from the streets of New York City to the rolling hills and mountains of Virginia. (And according to several of my classically trained architect friends, even here in New England.) One image I came across has stuck in my mind. It is of a foyer done by Bottomley in the 1920’s in a home known as Blue Ridge Farm. Recently restored to it’s former grandeur, the foyer is stunning.
Have you ever seen a foyer like this? With a free standing column and double arches?
I wish I could see a floor plan! Don’t you? Do you wonder what it looks like standing at the front door looking toward the stair?
Once I got past the column, other details jumped out at me. The raised panels on the front door. How they relate to the leaded glass in the side lights. The not quite black column and wall base and top trim piece of the chair rail. The light fixtures, so delicate, in their supporting role to the rest of the space – yet so very important.
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