In their Palm Beach house hunt, the owners, who have always had an appreciation for architecture, had been perusing the town demolition applications submissions, and this gorgeous house caught their eye.
“We saw that the Dunbar house had come up for demolition,” the husband told the Palm Beach Daily News. “We drove by to look at it, and we were dumbfounded that this house with its significance and architectural details was slated to be demolished.”
A Palm Beach builder had purchased the house with plans to demolish it, subdivide the oceanfront lot and build two spec houses. The couple asked if they could save the home and move it, and fortunately the builder was happy to oblige. So they bought it, turned it 90 degrees and moved it dozens of yards to its current location.
111 Dunbar Road
The exterior paint today reflects Mizner’s original shade of pink, the color renovation crews uncovered after scraping through layers of paint. The owners, who say they saw their roles as stewards of a historic property, also tried to identify the home’s original interior colors.
It is believed that the plasterwork in the dining room was replicated from photographs of the Alhambra that Mizner had taken during his travels in Spain. The terrazzo floor contains thin metal dividers that create a tiled effect.
The Tunisian tile floor in the entrance foyer is hundreds of years old, and black pure Belgian marble covers the foyer’s floor.
Other historic features include the pecky-cypress beams in the entry and living room, hardwood floors, decorative tilework, wrought-iron detailing, arches, decorative columns, corbels, stone carvings and stone-carved mantelpieces.
“I can’t help but feel the touch of Addison Mizner, as I walk the marble floors, or when I’m just sitting in the grand ballroom reading a book to my kids,” said the owner.
To learn more about this architectural love affair and the history of Bella Costa, I highly recommend reading this wonderful article from the Palm Beach Daily News. The real estate listing for this home can be found here.
Personally, I would love to see Palm Beach decorator Mimi McMakin get her hands on the decor... I can just imagine what Bella Costa would look like once she put her signature Palm Beach Chic, Old Florida stamp on this masterpiece!
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