Refreshed 1940 house was once architect’s home, studio


In 2018, when Carole Christensen-Lieff, who goes by the nickname Silke, determined to move to Palm Beach front from Santa Barbara, California, she experienced difficulty getting a appropriate home to acquire.

Then she arrived upon the “for sale” signal exterior 222 Phipps Plaza in the historic professional and residential enclave developed by the Phipps family’s organization arm in the 1920s.

Just west of South County Highway and a block north of Royal Palm Way, the culture architects whose function is represented in the neighborhood signify a Who’s Who of Palm Beach architectural heritage — Addison Mizner, Marion Sims Wyeth, Belford Shoumate and Maurice Fatio’s business, Treanor & Fatio. The town granted the complete enclave landmark safety in 1982.

The property that caught Christensen-Lieff’s eye was done in 1940 on the west aspect of the plaza and served as Shoumate’s residence and architectural business. The Preservation Basis of Palm Seashore retains a substantial selection of Shoumate’s models, drawings and renderings. Its archives observe that Shoumate practiced his occupation for 54 yrs from the household, where by he lived with his late spouse, Betsy, prior to his demise in 1991 at age 88.

Christensen-Lieff was smitten. “I considered it was seriously awesome, and then I observed out it also had a legal (rentable) apartment. I acquired it straight away,” she suggests.

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Normally interested in residence jobs, she made some variations. But she was conscious the city has selected Phipps Plaza a historic district, meaning the exteriors of the structures simply cannot be altered without the authorization of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

She tended the lush tropical gardens that monitor the front façade, and she refurbished the kitchen area with new white-lacquered wood cabinetry, quartz counters, a mirrored backsplash and high-stop appliances. She redid the powder area, placing in an antique pedestal sink and masking the walls with a Gucci wallpaper. She also refurbished the guest apartment.

With the renovations total, she’s completely ready for a different undertaking, she points out, and as these, she’s outlined her three-bed room, three-and-a-50 percent-lavatory property, with 3,592 square toes of dwelling place within and out, with Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty agents Tina Gibbons and J.B. Edwards, priced at $15 million.

The homeowner’s renovation included the addition of new white-lacquered wood cabinetry, quartz counters, a mirrored backsplash and high-end appliances.

The homeowner’s renovation involved the addition of new white-lacquered wooden cabinetry, quartz counters, a mirrored backsplash and high-conclusion appliances.

Front courtyard is a pivot place

The yellow property with Bermuda-style architecture has pitched white-tile roofs and white shutters and trim. At the front of the house, north and south “arms” that lengthen from the residence’s major two-tale overall body embrace a landscaped courtyard hidden guiding a stucco and iron wall with a gate.

The arms have arched wood entry doorways, and the north arm’s door opens to what was at one time an business. An artwork collector and dealer, Christensen-Lieff employs this wing as a gallery. In the south arm are the dining room, kitchen and breakfast space.

The entrance doorway is reached by going for walks by way of the courtyard to the principal constructing, the place 1 enters the north close of the residing home and the stair hall. A curved stairway qualified prospects to the master bedroom in excess of the dwelling area.

The yellow Bermuda-style house has pitched tile roofs and a footprint shaped like a squared-off horseshoe. Architect Belford Shoumate designed the house in the 1930s and used it as his family residence and professional offices.

The yellow Bermuda-model house has pitched tile roofs and a footprint formed like a squared-off horseshoe. Architect Belford Shoumate designed the home in the 1930s and employed it as his family members residence and qualified workplaces.

A hallway off the living space leads to a den, powder room and the west staircase, which ascends to a guest-bedroom suite.

Hooked up to the again of the home are a a single-car garage and the guest apartment, with its living area, dining place, kitchen area, bed room suite and a personal entrance and patio off the north walkway.

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Reflecting the era and the architect, the living space has a bay window, a fire with a colonial-type mantel and French doors that open to the courtyard.

Rooms in both arms are separated by archways with French doors and clearstory windows. In other places, there are arched windows and French doors that supply views of the courtyard. Many of the ceilings are pitched and beamed.

The floors downstairs are coated in travertine, when upstairs they are wooden. The visitor apartment has wooden and tile floors.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a cathedral ceiling, a hearth and French doors that open up to the balcony that overhangs the entrance of the house. The grasp toilet is appointed in travertine and granite with a walk-in shower.

To accommodate parking, a driveway heads driving the property to the garage, and the town gives Phipps Plaza residents two on-avenue-parking decals as nicely as visitor passes.

The front balcony of the master bedroom looks out onto the house's courtyard. Owner Carole “Silke” Christensen-Lieff likens the view to the Garden of Eden.

The front balcony of the learn bed room seems out onto the house’s courtyard. Owner Carole “Silke” Christensen-Lieff likens the check out to the Garden of Eden.

Shoumate’s sons grew up in the dwelling

The property has been through quite a few configurations. Shoumate bought the land in the late 1930s and created it as a two-tale, a person-bedroom residence.

In an interview with the Palm Seaside Everyday Information, Shoumate’s daughter-in-regulation, Rhonda Shoumate, recalled how she the moment lived on the house with her partner, Tec Shoumate.

“My partner and I lived in what we called the studio. Belford had acquired a carriage dwelling and brought it more than from (a assets on) Royal Palm Way. It was employed for storage and later converted to a rental.”

The carriage home has considering that been torn down and replaced by the guest apartment at the rear of the house.

Tec Shoumate remembers how his parents referred to the south entrance as The Doghouse, for the reason that it was a favourite spot of their little puppy, Boogie, a cocker spaniel.

“They additional that wing and moved the kitchen area out there.”

Following to the kitchen area was a screened loggia that they called The Bird Cage, Rhonda recalls.

“They experienced chicken cages hanging out there, and that was wherever they’d have their Drambuie. He’d have on his French beret, and they’d phone just about every other Pierre and Fifi. That was when they have been in their 80s — they had been married 52 decades — and they have been just owning enjoyment.”

When Tec and his youthful brother, Tom, had been small, they slept on an upstairs balcony off their parents’ bed room in advance of extra bedrooms have been additional in excess of the south wing. Tec remembers his father bringing up embers in a bucket from the downstairs hearth to the one on the second floor on cool evenings.

The architect’s office environment, Tec provides, was accessed from an area closest the avenue.

“At the entrance of the north wing was the lobby, reception region and his workplace, and in the back again to the west were four or 5 drafting tables wherever draftsmen and architects labored for him on distinctive positions. As a typical contractor, I also had my office environment exactly where my dad’s business office was for quite a couple years,” Tec states.

Tec and his spouse have lots of pleasurable reminiscences of their time at the property — and now, so does Christensen-Lieff.

“This house has a attractive location,” Christensen-Lieff says, “and when waking up and heading on to my balcony, I really feel like I’m in the Garden of Eden. It’s just so lush and tranquil. It is also in a handy site, exactly where I can walk to every thing.”

She has mixed emotion about leaving this piece of Palm Beach front history. “But I like repairing points up,” she claims, “and going on to the subsequent task.”

This write-up at first appeared on Palm Seaside Everyday News: Palm Seaside households for sale: Refreshed 1940 house priced at $15 million


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