Il Palmetto

Renovation & Addition in Palm Beach, FL

Adding to and renovating an existing historic residence by Maurice Fatio in Palm Beach, we worked both within the context of the original architect’s intention as well as expanding the use of the house. Adding a tower helped bridge the two wings and blends perfectly into the masterpiece of Fatio.

The quality of the interior finishes were improved and restored, including the addition of museum-quality decorative mantels, stone reliefs, painted wood ceilings, and a myriad of decorative finishes. In addition, there is a completely new boat house and a beach house, which is connected to the main property by a tunnel under the road. The sum total of the house is over 60,000 sq ft.

Italian Renaissance Revival Estate


Il Palmetto Front Entrance Tower Sketch Drawing
New Tower Addition Sketch

In his book Maurice Fatio: Palm Beach Architect, Kim I. Mockler describes the house as “one of Fatio’s most exceptional designs and certainly one of his largest,” noting that it took 450 workers eight months to complete the residence. He notes the house’s palatial two-story entrance hall, a living room of “baronial dimensions” and walls covered in a fleur-de-lis design copied from an Italian palace. – Palm Beach Daily News

Il Palmetto Front Entrance Boat Room Sketch
Boat Room Sketch
Fairfax & Sammons Architecture
Designing new and reimagining
old houses and estates for 30 years.