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Renaissance Villa
New Jersey Monthly


A museum curator and her husband build their dream house in Bergen County to showcase their collection of art and antiques.

Combining the best of contemporary architectural design with the spirit of the Italian Renaissance, architect Francis Klein has designed a house that is at once monumental and livable. Bringing their extensive knowledge of architecture to the project, the clients were an integral part of the process, which took almost a year. The result is a house that is firmly rooted in the twentieth century, while embracing the wisdom culled from centuries of classical design.




In keeping with the Renaissance notion that a building and its site must complement each other, the roof is tiled in green glazed terra-cotta to blend into the greenery of the New Jersey setting. Crossed-square windows with thick moldings are also painted green. The stucco is tinted a pale pear tone.
 
An Italian-style courtyard and breezeway, piazzas, and loggias surround the house, creating wonderful light patterns and air circulation indoors.
 
Burled cherry paneling and case working the library add to the warmth that is typical of Italian country interiors. The new Stickley Mission furniture is massive enough to suit the proportions of the space.
 
The flooring is this stately space is Italian marble mosaic with a Greek-key border. Piranesi drawings are displayed on the stair wall over a dramatic Renaissance Revival hall table.
 
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