This 7,500 square foot new house is located in the Irving Park neighborhood of Greensboro, NC. This national historic district was developed with the Greensboro Country Club golf course in the early twentieth century. The Lafayette house is unique in Irving Park but fits in easily with the large number of grand houses in revival styles by prominent architects of the period. Construction commenced in 2015 and was completed in March of 2017.
The owners are prominent Greensboro natives who desired a large formal house for frequent social events and a modern open interior that would also accommodate life in the twenty-first century. The program therefore consists primarily of two very large entertaining rooms (great room and kitchen-keeping) that both open onto a porch and from there onto a garden court. The resulting organizing concept or parti is a cross-shaped plan that consists of a 3-story central block flanked by two-story east and west wings.
The central block includes a north entrance, a circular stair at the crossing, and the kitchen-keeping room at the south. The east wing, with its large arched windows, contains the great room. The west wing includes a porte cochere and the garage. One enters through the edge of a garden set in front of the east wing and then through a stone loggia set int the side of the entrance wing.
In this parti, the tall center section breaks up the 127’ length of the façade into 3 complimentary parts that together construct an impressive balanced façade but also effectively separate public and service realms and allow the west wing to accommodate a porte cochere. Similarly, the central south wing separates the east garden court from the west motor court at the rear.
Principal exterior materials include Texas limestone walls with a mortar wash; cast-stone surrounds and copings; steel windows; Buckingham slate and lead-coated copper roofs; and custom chimney caps. Features include a recessed stone loggia; a silver-leaf cloister vault over the foyer; a custom LED laylight; custom plaster moldings; custom railings and roof cresting; travertine flooring; custom millwork and cabinetry; a 4-floor elevator; and high-CRI LED lighting.Credits: Interior Design: Lindsay Henderson Interiors, Charleston, SC Landscape Architecture: Jeff Allen Landscape Architecture, Winston-Salem, NC Structural Engineer: CB2 Structural Engineers, Winston-Salem, NC General Contractor: D. Stone Builders, Greensboro, NC Masonry: Stone by Lynch, Mooresville, NC Cast Stone: Classic Stone Creations, Charlotte, NC Cabinetry: Guilford Builders/BMC, Greensboro, NC Plaster: Patrick Webb, Southern Pines, NC Metalwork: Alamance Iron, Greensboro, NC Photography: Stacey Van Berkel, Greensboro, NC
May/June 2018 Southern Home Magazine