American Theme

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The House:179 Forest Avenue, Rye, New York

The Broker: Houlihan Lawrence

The Agent: Joan O’Meara

Nick Churton of the Houlihan Lawrence London Office discovers a very beautiful home in Rye, New York with wonderful provenance and presence.

Born in 1861, Charles Adam Platt was a talented man. He was a landscape artist, garden designer and architect. As the latter he found notoriety through American Renaissance style buildings that attracted not just public patronage but also clients from families such as the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers and the Astors.

The American Renaissance was a period of American architecture from the end of the mid 1870s to the early 1900s. It was a time of national self-confidence and a notion that the young nation was the modern heir to Greek democracy and Roman law. It was an era that coincided with the Gilded Age.

Platt’s canon of civic buildings is extensive, but so to is his inventory of private houses. A great example is 179 Forest Avenue, Rye, New York. Built in 1904, the Charles Platt House is one of Platt’s notable domestic designs. Departing from the American Renaissance style, Platt returns here to Georgian themes that look as good today as they did over a century ago.

From a neighborhood point of view it is a commanding house. It’s elegance and presence makes it familiar and admired in an area of established and pleasing homes.

From the imposing portico entrance to the glorious formal garden set round the excellent pool, this is a very fine example not just of the architect’s art but also of how to transition a significant and precious traditional American home into a thoroughly up-to-date and exciting place to live.

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