The Lauder family’s classic 1930’s Neoclassical Palm Beach home, poised along the magnificent curve of Ocean Boulevard, provides an elegant and historic glimpse into Palm Beach society and the decor of its glamorous inhabitants throughout the years.
Image circa 1970 from New York Social Diary
However the goal was not to create a “period-movie set.” They wanted a home appropriate for 21st Century occupants. While everyone involved agreed that the building’s construction date would dictate the décor, the Lauders’ decades of accumulated antiques also had to be taken into consideration.
Hayes, spent the better part of two years, with his project manager, Donald Blender, updating the home in collaboration with architect Jeffery W. Smith and landscape designer Mario Nievera. The renovation was so successful it received a Ballinger Award, presented by the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. A few examples of the renovation can be seen below…
Although the crowning finial went missing years ago, Estée Lauder’s burlwood Georgian secretary still stands between the front windows.
“The family liked the spirit of the old kitchen, the solidity of the appliances, so they asked that everything be saved,” recalls Hayes. “We refurbished the refrigerator and stove; the countertops are new.”
“We removed the old finish on the cypress paneling in the library to bring it back to what it had been in 1938,” said
Hayes. “The wood had darkened with age.” Manuel Canovas fabric covers the T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings armchairs. Sofa fabric, Lee Jofa. Beauvais sisal carpet.