Built in the early 1900's this grand estate was designed by Harrie Lindegberg and John Staub. Lot's of steel and plaster went into this gorgeous and well preserved home while also being thoughtfully updated continually over the last 10 years.
The pedigree of this estate is evident by the grandness of the entry gates, grounds, and the strict attention to each and every element dealing with the home. A gorgeous slate roof sits on both the main home as well as Coach house. The quarters too has been restored of only the finest.
In typical Staub design, the grand staircase has a slight curve to it while the custom forged wrought iron remains simple and elegant just as originally intended.
Detailed molding ushers you from one pleasing room to another. Wide plank wood floors are used throughout the home while wet areas are of stone. Hallways and passage ways are wide in width complementing the stately home.
The formal dining room is large in scale and has a wood burning fireplace on the south wall. Zuber wallpaper, like that which hangs in the White House adorns the walls depicting American heritage. Light fills the room from the east lawn as well as from the adjacent sun room. The room is complemented with Schonbek 1870c lighting.
This stately room in the Den located between the formal living room and her study. Wormy Chestnut covers the walls while the ceiling detail is of plaster. The room is offset by a charming fireplace featuring Cherubs while the room gains light from the east lawn and south lawn. Every window you look out in this home has impeccable views of the gardens.
The master suite is situated on the south east corner of the home. Large in scale with lots of windows and natural light. The eastern window looks down over the multiple 100+ year old Oaks and the south looks over the Oaks as well as a separate little private garden complete with curved stone seating area and fountain. There is a second reflective garden with a statue of the Irish Monk, St. Fiacre whose feast is celebrated in Ireland and France on September 1st..
A beautiful buttery marble has been used in cobblestone pattern on the floors of the master bath. The freestanding soaking tub also has views of the pool while upper windows allow abundant natural light. This gorgeous room has a large separate shower, ornate marble fireplace and cabinets which have the look and feel of custom furniture with under cabinet detail lighting.
Of grand proportion and with it's own elegant and large private bath, this room could serve as another master suite. The use of Gracie wallpaper in this room lends itself to a soft elegant vibe. Leslie Sinclair of Segreto has taken the same theme of the wallpaper up on the ceiling creating a subtle observatory feel in this room. Leslie is also responsible for the detailing of all the wall and ceiling trim throughout the property.
The original wrought iron sleeping porch located on the north side of the home has been enclosed and currently serves as the gym for the present owners. While the original ornate grill work was preserved, the views from this room are stunning. To the north you overlook a private entertaining area complete with custom fountain and to the east the simple and elegant pool also with fountains. All views are surrounded with gorgeous Oaks.
The gentleman's study on the first floor is located away from any of the main living areas providing a quiet space with which to work and unwind. Beautiful Knotty pine has been used in not only the private bath of this library but also as it relates to cabinets and molding. Custom leather wallpaper covers both walls and ceiling while views look out to the motor court on the west side of the estate as well as original Conservatory.
The gorgeous kitchen has over $1M in custom cabinets made out of state and installed separately. The box-beam ceiling over the Pewter island in the kitchen took over 7 weeks to install. Edgar Berebi designed all of the custom cabinet pulls throughout the house. The floors are of chiseled edge stone and laid in Cobblestone pattern.
Located adjacent to the formal dining room and kitchen, this glassed in multipurpose room sits under the second floor gym. The detailed forged iron still remains and encases this room from the outside. Exposed beam ceiling with Segreto finishes.
Behind the Coach house is a gardeners break room and bathroom. The grounds from every angle of this home are stunning. Notice the beautiful thick slate pavers, ivy clad walls and thin stacked brick. You can see several of the stacks from the seven functioning fireplaces in the background.
Looking towards the home from the pool house you can appreciate the vast amount of greenspace surrounding this home. Fern covered branches hang low over the meticulously manicured grounds providing respite from the glaring afternoon sun.
The pool is 4.5' deep and is accented by sheer water falling below the stone columns. The Pool house is just behind the row of shrubs in the foreground of this picture and is complete with powder room, high ceilings with exposed wood beams and kitchenette. The perfect place for a Derby party or any party for that matter.
Where can you find such rampant grounds inside the Loop located so close to the Medical Center, Museums, Zoo, Herman Park, Rice University, Downtown, and Rice Village? Every time I visit the property I marvel at the fact that I am surrounded by so much heritage, charm and grace. I wish I were around when this magnificent estate was nothing more than a thought or a sketch. If only the original architect's and builder could see it today, I think that they would be in awe of their vision.
This is a southern view from the point of the Conservatory, Tack house / Coach house, motor court. To the right is a three care garage with houseman's office and storage along with a planning room and upstairs full quarters with beautiful wide plant floors and the most up to date finishes. To the left is the MUD room you can enter from the motor court. You also have access to the large basement with lots of storage. The commercial generator sits just to the side of the Coach house.
This aerial view shows the vast amount of green space this property encompass'. Truly a unique and wonderous property. A true Texas landmark that has withstood the test of time and grandeur.