Villanova Residence

When an opportunity to own 14 acres in the historic Ardrossan estate in Villanova came up, the family knew it would be a great opportunity to create a lasting contribution to the countryside near old Philadelphia. Conceived as homage to the gentleman farmer estates restored in the early 1900’s by famed Chester County architect R. Brognard Okie, this new property drew liberally from the examples of Quaker vernacular architecture that had been restored or created by Okie with his characteristic arts and crafts overlay of whimsy and creativity.

Though built all at once for a rapidly expanding family, the home suggests a long genesis with the original cube of a farm house core, added to over the years. A high, delicate stone ledge and blocky quoin stones at the front indicate that once there was a long front porch on the original three bays that has given way to the more formal entry portico hood over the robust front door as the old family prospered. The meandering wing conceals a modern garage under a playfully curved roofline.

Across the service court a diminutive story and a half bank house in an earlier style with simpler shed dormers and tighter windows seems to predate the main house. There, guests are housed in comfort and privacy above the secondary garage. Alluding to the homeowner’s long ago visits to Bermuda, the pool house suggests the more sybaritic life of a Caribbean island with its open plan, languid ceiling fans and double pitched hip roof. All together these create a compound myth of country life that is both steeped in a genteel memory of where we came from and an expression of the best of who we want to be.
Others who worked on this project: E. B. Mahoney Builders, Inc.
Villanova Residence - exterior
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“Country house” — nathie267
Villanova Residence - front hall
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“Love this - light fixture are great but maybe hard to keep clean?” — ahudson5009
Villanova Residence - stair hall
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“Stunning floors, love the detail on the staircase, crisp white woodwork. The benches in the hallway” — alyshabrooke
Villanova Residence - living room
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“Love he stair case!$” — amymaui
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“blue oh so blue” — snied99
Villanova Residence - dining room
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“filled in with panelling” — vanleyenhorst
Villanova Residence - dining room
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“Sconces” — gaskillyn
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“Carpet” — cbconner420
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“Ceiling?” — mmelick23
Villanova Residence - study
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“Bird Print Framed” — jenn16hour
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“like mantel details” — 2005db9
Villanova Residence - landing
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Villanova Residence - stair hall
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“Wall paint” — redcliffe
Villanova Residence - kitchen
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“super shiny subway tiles?” — katbaker2
Villanova Residence - family room & kitchen
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“Colors. Open concept” — arynbrooke
Villanova Residence - Pool House
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“love this roof line, like that it has a shaded area” — askohnen
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