Architect Harrie T. Lindeberg was known for bringing modern character to popular traditional styles of American architecture. His protégé John Staub created homes prized for their attention to detail and thoughtful consideration of location. The skills of these two American masters are well apparent in this historic Georgian-style manor in the serene Houston enclave of Shadyside, on which the two worked in conjunction. Built in 1921, the 12,808-square-foot home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is filled with regal detailing that provides a glimpse of the estate’s past. A meticulous restoration provided the features and amenities necessary for fine modern living while respecting the home’s integrity and maintaining its original grandeur. In nearly every room, woodwork, tile, moldings, and other stately appointments create eye-catching variations in texture and color. The formal dining room is clad in rare vintage Zuber “Views of North America” wallpaper, and in the living room, two towering glass doors open to a poolside terrace. Ornate woodworking distinguishes the kitchen, butler’s pantry, and wet bar, making this a standout space for both culinary pursuits and the most refined entertaining. One of Lindeberg’s signatures, a gracefully curving free-floating staircase, links the main level with the private quarters on the upper floor. The master suite — one of five bedrooms — features hand-plastered, -waxed, and -polished walls and a hand-painted ceiling design; three custom-appointed walk-in closets; and a lavish marble bath with a fireplace. Other highlights include a fitness area enveloped by windows, a wood-paneled media room, a library with numerous handsome built-ins, and a relaxing screened porch. The residence is one of only 16 in the exclusive area of Shadyside, a prestigious gated community near Rice University. The original carriage house has been transformed into a self-sufficient guesthouse, with a spacious living room, a calm bedroom and bath, and a well-outfitted kitchen. The 1.7 parklike acres are a peaceful setting replete with verdant grass, landscaped gardens, regal statuary, and shady stalwart live oaks. A dazzling illuminated swimming pool with fountains is overlooked by a terrace with an iron gazebo and an air-conditioned poolhouse with a kitchenette and half bath. Beyond, paths wind amid grass, statuary, and century-old oaks, providing a natural reminder of this opulent home’s roots in the elegant past.
$16,500,000 / 2 Longfellow Lane, Houston TX