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Through the ages An Italianate exterior gives way to an Art Deco-style interior on this home Preceding pages: Decorative wrought iron at the front entry is the only clue that this Italianate exterior conceals an Art Deco heart. Above: Touches of Italian style filter indoors, too, as with this graceful groin vault on a second-floor corridor. Right: Window and stair detailing, artworks, lighting and furnishings all further the Art Deco feel. 44 Often, it’s sheer size or wealth of detail that give a house a commanding presence. However, a sense of individual charm can have a more lasting impact. This grand home, set on a relatively modest half-acre site, is by architect Richard Landry, with interiors by designer Joan Behnke. The owners had wanted an Art Deco-style house, but neighborhood design guidelines dictated an approved Italianate look. Landry’s response was to include influences of both – Italianate on the exterior, Art Deco on the interior – for a house that conforms with its surroundings, yet retains its individuality. “I designed the exterior in the formal Italian style – with some changes to reflect California’s climate that’s suited to indoor-outdoor living. “The facade is traditional French limestone with classic Doric columns and stone tracery on the balconies. The recycled clay roof tiles were imported from Italy, and exposed wood outriggers under the eaves are another classic detail. Adding to the look of an historic residence, the entry steps are flanked by stone balustrades with channels for water to trickle down into ornate circular pools at their base.” Departures from this style include recessed balconies, which help to break up the facade visually, downplaying the home’s scale. Centuries ago, an Italian house of this size, around 21,000sq ft, would have been surrounded by its own estate – as much as 100 acres of land. The large windows are another modern element, letting in plenty of light and optimizing views to the front garden. The driveway and entry to the basement garage are set to one side to make way for extensive formal landscaping. Stepping inside the house is like stepping forward in time to the glamour and luxury of the post-World War I era. While not strictly Art Deco in style, the interior does draw inspiration from that period, the architect says. search | save | share at