Monday, August 25, 2014

"Stone House" AKA "Norman Hall" Watch Hill, Rhode Island


Watch Hill, Rhode Island came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th century as an exclusive summer resort with wealthy families building sprawling Victorian-style "cottages" along the peninsula. Watch Hill is characterized by the New York Times as a community with a strong sense of privacy and of discreetly used wealth, in contrast with the overpowering castles of the very rich in nearby Newport. 

 

   "Stone House", later "Norman Hall", know locally as Lihme Castle. Mott B. Schidmt of New York, architect. 

   Originally built(1915-16) for William W. Lawrence, who died a month after its completion, whereupon the property was sold to C. Bai Lilme of Chicago. 

"NORMAN HALL"
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

    A large, rambling 2 1/2-story dwelling of coursed rock-face stone(quarried on site), built in the Norman Farmhouse style. The main block, with a tall hip-roof, has a long gable-roof wing running at an angle off one front corner.    A 1-story, cylindrical, conical-roof entrance tower is set off-center on the facade next to a 2-story, end-gable stair tower. A hip-roof pavilion with a recessed, arcaded porch in its base is attached to the side opposite that with the angled wing, and the rear facade has a shallow, end-gable pavilion and a tall  cylindrical, conical-roof tower at the junction of the main block and the angled wing.  The house is set on well-landscaped acreage with several Norman-style stone outbuildings.

FIRST FLOOR PLANS
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
   The tower entrance leads to a spacious Foyer with arched ceiling, travertine marble floor, and grand circular staircase with wrought-iron balustrade. Wrought-iron gates reveal a large Reception Room (23' x.30') with lovely paneled ceiling, brick tile floor, and massive fireplace. French doors open to the terrace, overlooking the beach and ocean. Additional French doors enter the banquet-sized Dining Room (16' x 23'), with random-width oak flooring and elaborate stone fireplace. The Library highlights an arched ceiling, oak floor, and intricate fireplace. French doors open to a Porch with graceful archways, framing glorious views overlooking the formal garden area and ocean. The Kitchen Complex includes a full-service Kitchen with 10-burner Garland range and a large Pantry with antique cabinetry. A Living/Dining Room, Laundry, and Linen Room adjoin.

SECOND FLOOR PLANS
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
    Surveying the beach and sparkling ocean, the extensive Master Suite features 2 Bedrooms, both with walk-in closets and private Baths, plus additional closets and a circular tower Sitting Room. Four spacious Guest Bedrooms with 3 Baths and a large Sleeping Porch (18' x 25') are provided. A separate Staff Wing offers 6 Bedrooms with a Bath.
VIEW FROM THE NORTH
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

NORTH ELEVATION
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
    Styled after a French chateau, the impressive 10,000-square-foot manor was built utilizing the finest materials. Behind its three-foot-thick rose granite walls, the spacious rooms are appointed with ornamental hand-wrought ironwork, handsome paneling, four elaborate fireplaces, and a grand circular stairway.

ENTRANCE FRONT
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

DETAIL OF ENTRANCE FRONT
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
SOUTH ELEVATION
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
OCEAN FRONT VIEW
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

WEST ELEVATION
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

EAST ELEVATION
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

EAST END VIEW
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

GENERAL VIEW OF OCEAN FRONT
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

GENERAL VIEW OF OCEAN FRONT
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT


DETAIL OF OCEAN TERRACE
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

400 FEET OF OCEAN FRONTAGE
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

IRON GATE AT ENTRANCE VESTIBULE
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT


STAIRCASE IN HALL
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

VIEW INTO LIVING HALL
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

LIVING HALL
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
LIVING ROOM
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT


DINING ROOM
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

DINING ROOM
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

     "Norman Hall" was later occupied for a number of seasons in the 1950s and 1960s by the Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. family of "Cragwood", Far Hills, New Jersey.  

IMAGERY DATE: 1/23/2005
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
   In 1965, the Lihmes sold the cottage to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery for $110,000 as a retreat house. In 2008 the Order offered the property for sale, and in 2004, it became a private home again. Originally listed at $9.95 million, it sold at auction for $8,695 million. Public records show the property sold again in 2010 and 2012, both times for one dollar??? Perhaps a family transfer?


IMAGERY DATE: 2008
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

IMAGERY DATE: 2008
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

IMAGERY DATE: 2008
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

IMAGERY DATE: 2008
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT
IMAGERY DATE: 9/15/2011
RESIDENCE OF C. BAI LIHME, ESQ., WATCH HILL. R. I.
MOTT B. SCHMIDT, ARCHITECT

Christian Bai Lihme(1866-1946)

Christian Bai Lihme, a native of Denmark and a chemist, had become a naturalized U.S. citizen and, after marrying Olga Hegeler of Chicago, succeeded her father as president of the Matthissen & Hegeler Zinc Company  of LaSalle, Illinois. Born in 1866 in Aalborg, Denmark. After graduating, in 1888, from the University of Copenhagen, where he specialized in chemistry, he came to the United States and became the chief chemist of the Pennsylvania Lead Company of Pittsburgh, a position he held until 1893. He was a director of several banks and mining corporations, and was a member of the Metropolitan, River and Union League Clubs of New York.

In 1901, Mr. Lihme married the former Olga Hegeler, daughter of Edward C. Hegeler, a pioneer zinc smelter. The couple had four children: two daughters(Anita and Olga)and two sons(Harold d. 1964 and Edward). Celebrity came to Anita when she became a princess after marrying Prince Edward Joseph Lobkowicz of Vienna in 1925. Lobkowicz' father was Prince August Lobkowicz, the Privy Counselor and Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Franz Josef, and his mother, the former Countess Palermy of Bohemia, was a lady-in-waiting to the Austrian Court. The Lobkowicz family had an important library and art collection. Olga married into the Griscom family of Philadelphia.

The Lihmes lived in Chicago before moving to New York where they had an apartment at 280 Park Avenue, at the corner of 48th Street. Around 1927, the family moved into an opulent triplex apartment at 950 Fifth Avenue, on the northeast corner of 76th Street, that overlooked the green dome of Temple Beth-El directly across the street and Central Park. Designed by James E. R. Carpenter, who was arguably the foremost architect of luxury residential buildings in New York City at the time, the narrow Italian-Renaissance palazzo-style building was erected in 1926 and completed in January 1927. The finely detailed fourteen-story building originally had two full-floor simplexes, five two-floor duplexes, and servants' rooms at the penthouse. Today, the seven units are owned by some of the city's most notorious billionaire bachelors. Besides "Norman Hall" the Lihme familiy also maintained a winter home in Palm Beach, Fla.

950 Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street New York, NY 10021

 Following his retirement in 1921, Mr. Lihme began to buy fine paintings by such artists as Rubens, Corot, Rembrandt and others. An important acquisition was "Portrait of the Marchesa Lomellini," one of the seven famous van Dyck paintings that had hung for centuries in the Cattaneo Palace in Genoa, for which Lihme was reported to have paid $200,000. The four others are in the Frick and Widener collections and the two remaining are in the National Gallery in London. He also collected Flemish tapestries, costly porcelains and glassware. The Lomellini family was one of the twenty-eight noble families which ruled Genoa for centuries.  

Welte organ console; on far wall: van Dyck's "Portrait of the Marchesa Lomellini"

On the evening of June 26, 1927, the Lihme residence at 950 Fifth Avenue was vandalized by a doorman, a nightman and an elevator man who were resentful for not receiving a promised bonus from the building, of which Mr. Lihme was part owner. After drinking whiskey for two hours, the three Irishmen let themselves in to the Lihmes' apartment, which was vacant for the summer, where they found and consumed cakes and a baked ham, and bottles marked "Frontenac Export Ale"("Contains all the alcohol needed for long sea travel" the label read). The ham was eaten without the aid of cutlery, and when they had finished eating it one of them flung the bone through the glass panel of the pantry door. Over the next few hours the inebriated trio damaged objects worth $300,000 in the salon and dining room, including chandeliers, mirrors, lamps, vases, paintings, and the Welte-Mignon pipe organ. Several days later, an interior decorator from P. W. French & Co., who had been commissioned to remove some 16th century Flemish tapestries which Mr. Lihme was lending for an exhibition, discovered the damage and had the elevator man alert the police. After questioning, the stalwart doorman confessed to the crime and was ultimately sentenced to a prison term of one and one-half to three years. Although the irreparable damage was estimated to be between $30,00 and $50,000, "Mr. Lhime had insurance against theft, fire, weather, et al.,—but not against drunken lackeys."  SOURCE

Anthony van Dyck - Portrait of Marquise Lomellini, with her children at prayer

C. Bai Lihme died on October 15, 1946, at his home at 950 Fifth Avenue after a long illness. He was 80 years old. Mrs. Olga Lihme died on November 9, 1956, of a heart attack at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 79.  Anita Lihme Lobkowicz Watts Griscom died in 1976. Anita's son, Prince Edouard de Lobkowicz died in 2010. In 1984 grandson, Prince Edouard-Xavier Lobkowicz, was shot in the throat, weighed down with a giant iron bar and thrown into the River Seine southeast of Paris(assumed drug related). Olga Griscom died at age 53 in 1955.

Charles and Jane Engelhard and their four daughters.
    Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. was the chairman of Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals, Inc., a leading international trader of minerals and metals and the worlds largest producer of kaolin, a key element in the production of fine paper. 
   
Charles W.  Englehard 1965

    Because he dealt in precious metals, he was known as "the platinum king" and was thought to have inspired the title character in the James Bond novel Goldfinger by his friend Ian Fleming

Auric Goldfinger/GOLDFINGER/1964

   Engelhard was also a noted art collector and a sportsman who raised thoroughbreds at his stables in Aiken, South Carolina, and in England, at Newmarket; one of them, Nijinsky II, won the English Triple Crown. Shortly following Engelhard  death in 1971, in an article in the New York Times reporting on his successor at the Engelhard corporation, he was described as having "lived like an Indian rajah, moving majestically with his retinue among his houses and apartments in various parts of the world. He was best known to some people for his racing stable, but better known to others for his multimillion-dollar art collection." Mrs. Engelhard (Jane Brian Mannheimer Engelhard) played a major role in the arts. First enlisted by Jacqueline Kennedy, she was active in efforts to restore the White House over some four decades. She was also a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose Charles Engelhard Court was a gift of the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and of the Pierpont Morgan Library. The Engelhards eldest daughter, Annette, became Mrs. Oscar de la Renta and friend of Brooke Astor.


"Cragwood" was originally built for of Mr. and Mrs. Grafton Pyne.

March 3, 1971

BY PLACING HIS trust in gold, along with platinum and diamonds, Charles William Engelhard in twenty years ran an inheritance of $20 million into an industrial fortune of more than $250 million and became a power in the international financial and business community.

"CRAGWOOD" FAR HILLS, NEW JERSEY
   "The house, which was called "Cragwood", was beautiful to start with. There was an enormous living room with long windows overlooking a lake and Far Hills, miles away. Box gardens sloped down to a swimming pool, and there wasn't another house in sight. The size, smell, and beauty of it alt was really beyond imagining."  Sister: The Life of Legendary Interior Decorator Mrs. Henry Parish II

http://tdclassicist.blogspot.com/search?q=Cragwood

William W. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence is a Pennsylvanian by birth and a NewYorker by adoption, a graduate of Princeton University, and his entire life has been spent in the paint and white lead industry. He founded W. W. Lawrence & Co. of Pittsburgh about twenty-five years ago, and until his removal to New York some six or seven years ago, formerly gave this business, in connection with the Sterling White Lead Company, his entire attention, He was one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Paint, Oil and Varnish Club, also its president for a number of years, and in 1892 was president of the National Paint, Oil and Varnish Association. He has always taken an active interest in these affairs and he is keenly interested in everything pertaining to the business. 

He was one of the founders of the Sterling White Lead Company and its vice president until it was disposed of to the National Lead Company, when he became treasurer of the latter. A few years later he was made vice president of the National Lead Company, so he is what might be termed a thorough white lead manufacturer, being acquainted with all the various details connected with the industry. 

He is quite a traveler and has been making annual trips to Europe. He is very much interested in art and is what might be termed an art connoisseur. He is a member of the University, Manhattan, City Lunch and various other city and country clubs too numerous to mention. He is a broad and liberal minded gentleman and it can be truthfully stated the right man in the right place. Paint, Oil and Drug Review 1910









Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

"THE DOVECOTE"'of the Farm Group on the Thomas lnce Estate, Beverly Hills

"THE DOVECOTE"'of the Farm Group on the Thomas lnce Estate, Beverly Hills. Roy Seldon Price, Architect. The roof is random laid with Varicolored Granada tile made by Gladding, McBean & CompanyLos Angeles Pressed Brick Company. Watercolor sketch by J. E. Stanton.
   
              Thomas H. Ince Estate, "Dias Dorados" - GOLDEN DAYS

   The famed motion picture director and studio mogul built his California Spanish Mission-style estate between 1923 and 1924. Constructed on 30 acres, the entire estate was designed by architect Roy Selden Price as a motion picture setting. Ince and Price turned the estate into a theatrical version of an old Mission-style mansion. The mammoth circular living room was decorated as a Mexican cantina with stone fireplace and a totem pole in the center of the room. The basement screening room was made into a romantic version of a pirate ship's deck. Another themed room had floors covered with sand and punctuated by cactus plantsThere was an autograph room which contained many documents and pictures concerned with the early history of California. Mr. Ince's own suite boasted a complete Turkish bath establishment.  Additional  amenities included a shooting gallery and a scaled-down roller skating rink.  On the grounds were a trout pool, a bowling green, tennis courts and a swimming pool. 

   So that everything in the house would look very old, materials were weathered in various ways. The stucco on the house itself was painted with adobe mud, which was later washed off. The tiles and ironwork were made by Mexican workmen who used the most primitive methods.  The home was demolished in the late 1940's.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

"Danvers House" - The Finest Tudor House in America

   The name, "Danvers House", comes from the French D'an-vers, meaning House of Antwerp.

"DANVERS HOUSE"
RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP,  BURLINGAME, CALIF.
BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

   
   THE Tudor style, in which this large house has been designed, is particularly well suited to the site which is an extensive natural park, situated on a gently sloping hillside which is partially covered with a fine growth of old oaks. In arranging the interior use has been made of a collection of interesting and valuable antiques which have been collected by Mr. Van Antwerp. In the three main living rooms, P. W. French & Co. of New York collaborated as decorators with the architects of the house, Bakewell & Brown of San Francisco. The Architectural Forum, 1922

"The finest Tudor house in America."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects



   
O make the best thing of its kind in the country—that is surely worth the doing. Connoisseurs say that Mrs. William Clarkson Van Antwerp's home in Burlingame, "Danvers House", is the finest Tudor house in America. Not only this, many people call it the most beautiful house in Burlingame, and that of itself is no mean distinction.

   These descriptions naturally include the contents as well as the frame. But to provide a house and an adequate setting for this remarkable collection of antiques, with no jarring note, is certainly an achievement.

   Bakewell and Brown are noted for the careful study they give their designs, their consistent and correct interpretation of the architectural alphabet. Of this the Van Antwerp house is a peculiarly successful example. The Tudor style is one of considerable latitude. It is a sort of clearing-house of the periods; it offered a cosmopolitan hospitality to Gothic and Renaissance, to continental influences as well as to indigenous sources of inspiration.

   But this broadness of the field, while it gives much freedom to a designer, also complicates his problems. Of course it would be easy to pick a detail here and motif there, throw them together into a conglomerate jumble and call it a Tudor house, "pointing with pride" to many precedents old England contains which display a fascinating and picturesque mixture of styles.

   To create a coherent design, however, whose varying elements, suggestive of different sources, are yet so welded together that the whole composition produces the effect of harmony, of unity—this comes not far short of being an architectural triumph, as it is assuredly an artistic joy.


"Nothing could be happier than this setting of fine oaks and gentle contours."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   Arguments as to the congruity of English architecture in California fortunately do not enter into this case at all. Nothing could be happier than this setting of fine oaks and gentle contours. Although the approaches and gardens are unfinished, indeed hardly more than indicated as yet, the house "belongs" to the site; it fits into its surroundings whether viewed from a distance or close at hand. That the landscaping will be carried out with the same loving care and thoroughness as the house and its equipment, is a foregone conclusion. And it will be a very pleasant occupation.


"The mass and sky-line are picturesque, but not confused."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   The exterior treatment is vigorous and coherent. The mass and sky-line are picturesque, but not confused; the composition ties well together. Rough stucco walls of a slightly varying warm ivory tone form a substantial foundation; the plaster in the panels above is of a generally deeper shade. The second story line forms a strong horizontal belt around the house, continued by the eaves of the wings.

   All exterior woodwork is oak, adzed by hand, studded with heavy wooden pegs and stained to a pleasant weathered brown.


"These sturdy walls uphold a splendid mass of roof."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

"These sturdy walls uphold a splendid mass of roof."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   These sturdy walls uphold a splendid mass of roof. It would be hard to find a more interesting one, except for the picturesque touches that age brings. Thick slabs of slate, of varying sizes, of varying colors ranging through reds, grays, greens, blues; slightly waving outline of hip and ridge; irregular grading of courses, roughly curving slate valleys—such a roof makes one believe that the days of joy in craftsmanship are not past. It may be noted in passing, that there are one hundred and twenty six tons of slate here, requiring walls strong in fact as well as in appearance.

   Advantage has been taken of the slope of the site to emphasize this sturdiness on the lower, the entrance facade. This bold flight of steps from driveway to door is doubly successful; besides accenting the massiveness of foundation, it serves to shield the living quarters on the public side. This approach does not seem quite English; but thanks to the freedom of style, there appears nothing forced or inconsistent about it. In fact, one is inclined to hope that no large growth of vines will be allowed to soften the sheer vigor of the composition.

   The illustrations show details clearly enough to make further descriptions unnecessary. Mention, however, may be made of the interesting treatment of the brick chimneys, to which is due much of the charm of the general silhouette.

   The main rooms inside cannot be dealt with apart from their furnishing. As a matter of fact, the building was planned especially to house a very fine collection of antiques, and for bachelor's quarters. But such good judgment has been used in finish and equipment, that far from having a cheerless, museum atmosphere, the house is distinctly livable, with the air of a genuine home. A home, of course, such as many people dream of, but few attain.

GALLERY, RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP, BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA, BAKEWELL & BROWN,ARCHITECTS, FRENCH & CO., INTERIOR DECORATORS
***Note the stairs to the organ loft***



"The carved grotesques, musicians, choristers, jester, are conceived and executed with a deliciously broad and vigorous touch."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects
   

"The carved grotesques, musicians, choristers, jester, are conceived and executed with a deliciously broad and vigorous touch."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   A simple, low-ceiled entrance hall leads through a pointed stone arch into a screened gallery across the end of the Great Hall. Opposite the arch a narrow winding stair runs to the organ loft above. This screen, with its carved panels and figures, is extremely effective in contrast with the big simplicity of line and surface that prevails, relieved also by bay window and chimney-piece and the superb Barberini tapestry, which has only changed hands twice in seven hundred years, occupying the long inner wall. The carved grotesques, musicians, choristers, jester, are conceived and executed with a deliciously broad and vigorous touch.

***In 1625, King Louis XIII of France presented papal envoy Cardinal Francesco Barberini with a series of seven tapestries, designed by Peter Paul Rubens and woven in Paris, on the life of Constantine, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. Upon returning to Rome, Cardinal Barberini established his own tapestry works and commissioned Pietro da Corona to design additional tapestries for the Constantine series.***

"Through the stained glass panels of the great window, gathered from England, France, Belgium, Italy, pour streams of gold and ruby and sapphire."
DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   Most of the woodwork of the Great Hall was salvaged from an old English wreck, the "Duchess of Kent", and has an exquisite pink-silver-gray patina given by time and the salt sea sands. This has been duplicated remarkably well where necessary, in carving or trim; and the rough plaster blends in with a tone neither gray nor brown, an ideal background for the rich mellow colors of furniture and hangings. Through the stained glass panels of the great window, gathered from England, France, Belgium, Italy, pour streams of gold and ruby and sapphire. No gloomy antiquarian shrine this, but an apartment of exceeding charm, spacious enough for full appreciation of the treasures it contains.

"The height and spaciousness of the Great Hall."
DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

PERHAPS THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN AMERICA OF A HALL IN THE TUDOR STYLE. SILVERY WEATHERED GRAY WOODWORK AND TAWNY PLASTER CREATE A MELLOW ATMOSPHERIC BACKGROUND FOR A SPLENDID COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES IN THE RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP, BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA . DESIGNED BY FRENCH & COMPANY, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF BAKEWELL AND BROWN, ARCHITECTS. EXECUTED BY A. QUANDT & SONS, PAINTERS AND DECORATORS


   Arresting the eye, and serving to accent the height and spaciousness of the Great Hall, there hangs near the window a model of the "Royal Harry", the ship which carried Henry the Eighth to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The value of this one pendant ornament, informally placed, is extraordinary; more of the kind would be confusing, the lack of it might make the Great Hall too formal.

"The beauty and dignity of the Sixteenth Century marble mantel."
DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

"The beauty and dignity of the Sixteenth Century marble mantel."
DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


  The fireplace is usually the central motif of a room. That is hardly true in this case, for although each wall affords artistic delight —the screened gallery, the bay window, the chimney, the tapestry—still the compelling feature is unquestionably the window. The beauty and dignity of the Sixteenth Century marble mantel must not be underestimated, however. It once stood on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, with other objets d'art loaned by a celebrated private collector. The only change one could wish in the Great Hall, would be to omit the overmantel, thus emphasizing the proportions and importance of this delightful piece of carving.

"The dining room was brought intact from Spain."
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

DETAIL IN DINING ROOM"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects
   

"bookcases are filled with historic treasures of incunabula and illuminated manuscripts.""DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

   The dining room, a room ceiled with wood, was brought intact from Spain except for the hooded stone fireplace, and set up in place with a few necessary adjustments. A very pleasing grayish-brown finish blends well with the coloring of the Great Hall and gallery, of which fascinating glimpses appear through stone arched openings. The treatment of the library is somewhat similar; it is a charming room, whose surrounding bookcases are filled with historic treasures of incunabula and illuminated manuscripts. What of wall surface is exposed, is in this case a rough plaster, as in the Great Hall. Further tending to the simplicity desirable in such a room, ceiling beams are plain and mantel piece broad and flat; whereas in the dining room, the ceiling is stenciled with richly colored patterns, subdued to time's inimitable softness and warmth. Here is a fine setting for the rare collection of old English silver tankards and candelabra which the owner has gathered.

***This impressive collection including Dickens and Chaucer went up for auction in London in April 1922.***  

THE ITALIAN DOOR FROM LIVING ROOM TO LIBRARY
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects


   The finish in these main rooms was put together, with incidental details, by P. W. French and Company of New York, who have shown remarkably good judgment and discrimination in co-operating with owner and architect to such an effect. Here there can be no uncertainty as to changing styles; this home will grow ever more satisfying as years go by.

First Floor Plan
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

Second Floor Plan
"DANVERS HOUSE",  BURLINGAME, CALIF. RESIDENCE OF MRS. W. C. VAN ANTWERP BAKEWELL & BROWN, Architects

Originally the five-stall Carriage House servicing the mansion. Designed and built by Arthur Brown, Jr. the famous San Francisco architect who designed the landmark San Francisco City Hall.  Grounds designed by legendary landscape architect, Thomas Church. Transformed in 1971 to a residence.

William Clarkson Van Antwerp was head of the firm of Van Antwerp, Bishop & Co., and a member of the Board of Governors of the New  York  Stock Exchange. Charlotte Augusta Van Antwerp(Jones) and Reverend William  H. Van Antwerp of New York City were his parents.

Mr. Van Antwerp was for many years Chairman of the Committee on Publicity of the Exchange. He is the author of "The Stock Exchange from Within", a treatise on the intricate problems of the Exchange. William C. Van Antwerp was at one time one of the most active operators in Wall Street and was in charge(Partner) of the San Francisco office of E. F. Hutton & Co.  Mr. Van Antwerp sold his Stock Exchange seat following the deflation period of 1920-1921 and went to San Francisco.

 Involved in the Money Trust Investigation of 1913 and other ongoing congressional inquires, the word manipulator seems to fit Mr. Antwerp.

SOCIETY LEADER ENGAGED Miss Edith Chesebrough to Be Married to W. C. Van Antwerp, SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., Dec 15. (Special) Miss Edith Chesebrough, well-known society leader and woman golf champion of Northern California, will become the bride in the near future of William Clarkson Van Antwerp, wealthy New Yorker, formerly in the navy. ***Van Antwerp had resigned his chairmanship to help with the war efforts(Annapolis grad).***

The date of the wedding has not been set, but will not be far distant, according to friends of the couple, who said the ceremony would probably be performed as soon as a borne now building at Burlingame is completed. Miss Chesebrough is prominent in society sport circles, notably golf. She holds the golf championship of Northern California and not long ago played in Chicago against some of the best golfers in the country for the woman's championship of America.
 THE MORNING OREGONIAN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1920



The Chesebrough family held much land on Manhattan Island in the early days of the 20th century which became very valuable as the city grew.



 In 1934 Brown added onto the house, this time for Mr. and Mrs. (Helene)Paul Fagan. 

Helene was born in Hawaii in 1887(d. 1966), and her father, William G. Irwin made a large fortune in sugar. He owned the entire island of Lanai as well as commercial property in Honolulu and was part owner of the Second Bank of Hawaii with his sugar partner, Claus Spreckels, a German immigrant based in California. In 1909, Irwin sold his sugar interests and moved his wife and daughter to San Francisco so that Helene might meet a proper husband. She did, and when she married Templeton Crocker on February 2, 1911, her father gave her stocks and bonds valued at one million dollars and her mother gave her a new limousine.  

After Helene’s parents had died and she inherited another $13 million. The childless couple divorced in 1928.

She went East for a few months and there married Paul I. Fagan (1893-1960) in New York on March 15, 1929. He was a successful exporter and importer, and after a honeymoon in Europe, they bought the W.C. Van Antwerp home in Hillsborough.

Paul Fagan was owner of the San Francisco Seals baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. Fagan was, in many ways, an early-day George Steinbrenner, always embroiled in controversy.  Fagan casually mentioned he was going to ban husked peanuts and sell salted peanuts instead. "We lose five cents on every bag of peanuts sold in the ballpark," Fagan complained. "That's $20,000 a year. It costs us 7 1/2 cents to pick up the husks and our profit on a dime bag is just 2 1/2 cents. The goober has to go."

  In 1905 Bakewell & Brown founded what was to become one of San Francisco’s leading architectural firms and went on to design important California buildings including Berkeley City Hall (1908), Pasadena City Hall (1913), San Francisco City Hall (1915), Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco (1926), San Francisco’s Federal Office Building (1936), and various structures at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Both James Bakewell and Arthur Brown Jr. were proteges of Bernard Maybeck, an early instructor in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, who convinced these two top students to attend his alma mater, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, for a graduate education. Brown, once in Paris succeeded in winning more Beaux Arts architectural prizes than had ever been received by an American. According to legend, the school's authorities were so taken aback that they thereafter barred Americans from the competitions.

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