“Equally adept at classical-style new designs and sensitive updates to historic properties”
– Pilar Viladas, 1stDibs
As Betsy Shiverick recalls, “We kept driving by it. The house was in terrible shape, but it’s such a noble, iconic treasure.” And she had no doubt that Fairfax & Sammons — equally adept at classical-style new designs and sensitive updates to historic properties — was the right choice to undertake the project.
“Their level of detail is the highest of any architects I’ve seen,” Shiverick says of the firm.
Designer Betsy Shiverick's Breezy Palm Beach Home Is Picture-Perfect
The grand homes of Palm Beach, many built in the Jay Gatsby era, seem as though they should be examples of the finest craftsmanship, constructed with venerable materials. But according to architect Richard Sammons, surprisingly, the opposite is true: “Many look good but are as flimsy as stage sets.”
The nine-story building was designed by classical architects Fairfax & Sammons and evokes a grand Italian palazzo-style building nestled onto Charleston’s bustling Marion Square. “Fairfax & Sammons had done a design charette ten to 15 years ago focused on bringing classical architecture back to Charleston and that really resonated with me,” Bennett says of his selection. – Cator Sparks, AD
As with their professional projects, Anne and Richard’s house is free of artificial materials; everything brought in will age and develop a natural patina.
Above the Fray
The apartment’s layout contained cramped private rooms built around a central corridor, and there was little space for storage. A new floor plan by architectural firm Fairfax & Sammons widened some living areas and turned others into closets.