Architect Phillip James Dodd suggests he carefully weighed his selections at the time he was tasked with creating a residence for a extensive but shallow ton struggling with the coastal highway in Palm Beach’s Estate Part.
How could he make the most of the property’s buildable “envelope,” which was 240 feet in size but only 39 feet deep at its narrowest place?
His alternative for the residence at 1020 S. Ocean Blvd. was a remarkably thorough Mediterranean-fashion dwelling with an elongated silhouette and 3 distinctive, stepped-back again segments. Established at an angle, the household stretches alongside the residence north to south with a footprint that’s one-room deep in most areas.
“Everyone thinks this dwelling is greater than it is,” Dodd informed an viewers very last week just before he recognized the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s 2022 Elizabeth L. and John H. Schuler Award.
The honor, as Foundation President and CEO Amanda Skier explained it, recognizes “new architecture that expresses outstanding style and design and enhances the architectural history of Palm Seashore.”
John Schuler Jr., whose mother and father spearheaded and endowed the award, presented it to Dodd Tuesday at the foundation’s creating on Peruvian Avenue.
“Thank you very significantly. It indicates a remarkable total to me,” Dodd reported, noting that the award would get the “pride-of-place” location in his office.
The award presentation returned to the foundation’s calendar soon after a year’s hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The initially award ceremony took area in 2006.
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In her introductory remarks, Skier praised Dodd’s structure for artfully mixing “the standard architecture of the location with the present day desires of a 21st-century household.” She mentioned that the house did not need any zoning variances to make.
The style also gained the Architectural Commission’s unanimous approval on its original review in 2018.
Dependent in Greenwich, Connecticut, Dodd is principal of Phillip James Dodd Bespoke Household Layout LLC. Born in England, he has lived in the United States considering that 1996 and has composed a number of guides on architectural background.
The household on South Ocean Boulevard was his very first Palm Seaside fee. But he received encounter performing in town with architect and Architectural Fee Vice Chairman Richard Sammons all through the restoration and growth some 20 a long time in the past of Il Palmetto, a landmarked Mediterranean-design estate intended by noted architect Maurice Fatio.
In addition to Dodd, the presentation honored, in absentia, his customers, who were not named during the ceremony. They employed Dodd just after combining two plenty — measuring in overall eight-tenths of an acre — that lie a several streets north of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.
With 5 bedrooms and ocean sights, the dwelling has about 12,000 sq. toes of air-conditioned room. Dodd likened the dwelling to a row of textbooks with two “bookends” – a 1-story entrance pavilion with a scalloped Flemish-inspired gable on the north aspect and, on the opposite stop, a buttress-like wall in a identical type close to the swimming pool on the entrance garden.
The house has common Mediterranean-design and style information, which includes a white stucco exterior and a red barrel-tile roof. Limestone was used for the window surrounds and the railing balusters, the latter encouraged by people Fatio built for Il Palmetto, Dodd claimed.
A critical aspect is the 3-tale tower, which nods at individuals located at other Mediterranean-design households in the Estate Section.
“I needed to design and style a little something that would not embarrass the architecture about it, that would be deserving of these other architectural landmarks,” Dodd reported in a phone job interview.
But the tower also assists relieve the transition from the formal dwelling and eating rooms to the far more casual family members area and kitchen area location, he stated.
Mainly because the home is so very long, Dodd utilised the tower and other architectural factors — together with set-again loggias — to “break up the monotony” of the streetside façade, he stated. The architecture, he explained, also gets to be less difficult as 1 scans the residence from the north to the south, reflecting the features of the rooms inside.
On the rear aspect, Dodd extra, “I needed to have a a great deal much more tropical really feel.” He accomplished that, in part, by creating a cozy courtyard centered by a fountain and planted with orchids.
“This is a extended house, but we even now have spaces of intimacy,” he stated.
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West Palm Seashore-based mostly Ralph Cantin served as architect of report for the project, which was developed by Rogers Basic Contracting. Dodd also credited Fred Zrinscak as a guide.
Dodd’s architectural historical past books involve his latest, “An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City,” with a forward by Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes, who has penned the tv demonstrates “The Gilded Age” and “Downton Abbey.”
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Darrell Hofheinz is a United states Right now Community of Florida journalist who writes about Palm Seashore authentic estate in his weekly “Beyond the Hedges” column. He welcomes strategies about actual estate news on the island. Email [email protected], connect with (561) 820-3831 or tweet @PBDN_Hofheinz. Help assist our journalism. Subscribe today.
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