There is nothing ostentatious about Lillifields. It is a sensitive work for a like-minded client, built with materials and skills of the highest quality to suggest something of the distinctive local yet anonymous character of New England's traditional provincial craftsmen.
The architecture springs from a scholarly understanding of the work of Jefferson, overlaid by influences from architects such as the Virginian Milton Grigg. Like Edgemont, Lillifields is a simple understatement of a Palladian villa, with a compact six-room plan and a perfect geometric system relating to its every part. It, too, is wood-framed with simple, clear-cut lines and understated ornament. The client wanted it to function very much as a contemporary home, but to look as if it might always have been here.
"Fairfax & Sammons have recently completed a house near Southport that is both fluent in the Classical orders and responsive to the character and inventiveness of provincial craftsmen...While undeniably a contemporary house, it looks as if in might always have been here
This Neoclasslcal house, called Liliiflelds, was finished in May of last year. The owner, writer Nancy Marcantonio, worked with architect Richard Sammons to come up with a home that reflects the Jeffersonian ideals of classical proportion inspired by 18th-century Italian architect Palladio.
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