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Five Classy Offerings by Society Architect Marion Sims Wyeth

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Though he designed some of America's most famous residences, including Doris Duke's Shangri-La in Honolulu, Marion Sims Wyeth is remembered alongside peers like Addison Mizner and Maurice Fatio as one of Florida's classic society architects. Naturally, the estates he designed still command pretty staggering sums, like the $42.9M that architect and philanthropist Jon L. Stryker received for a pair of them last week. Recently featured over at Architectural Digest, this $2.2M three-bedroom is part of a "themed village" that Wyeth designed for developer George Merrick in the Cape Dutch style typical of South Africa's 1800s plantation dwellings. According to the listing, the "historic, elegant and utterly charming beyond measure" home is up for sale for the first time in 75 years, and boasts a truly "sublime" pool and patio area out back. In the mood for more Wyeth-designed grandeur? Rounded up below are four more currently listed homes by the high-society standby, some with price tags as high as $59M, some as far-flung as Princeton, N.J.


Seeking a whopping $59M, this approximately 23,000-square-foot estate is actually a twofer in the Palm Beach design heavyweight department. There are two main houses up for offer, a 1935 Wyeth-designed 12,712-square-footer and a smaller 1921 home by famed resort architect Addison Mizner. This trophy compound was originally knit together from four separate parcels by entrepreneur, television mogul, and one-time richest American John Kluge. According to the listing copy, it's got three extra buildings in addition to those two for guest and staff accommodations, and at 4.3 acres, is an "unusually large property of nearly 75% green space with impeccably landscaped park like gardens, a perfect showcase for art." (A shame that you'd need a magnifying glass to make out the details of the interior photos.)


Though Wyeth was primarily a designer of Palm Beach mansions, the Princeton grad created at least one in Princeton, New Jersey. According to Sotheby's, this 4,460-square-foot "French Provincial manse" sports an "enclosed European-style crushed stone courtyard," "finely carved wood and marble mantles," "acanthus leaf crown molding," "graceful art niches that echo arched doorways," "3 acres with rear gardens that revel in unimpeded sunset views," a backyard "stone terrace under a candy-striped awning," a swimming pool, and "fully equipped regulation" squash and tennis courts. It was built in 1928 for J.P. Morgan's sister on land originally owned by William Penn, and is currently looking for a $4.75M sum.


Designed in 1928, this landmarked Wyeth-designed Mediterranean is actually only half of one. According to the Palm Beach Daily News, the home was originally commissioned by Philadelphia utilities company owner, but was later split into two villas by Palm Beach architect Belford Shoumate in 1948 (later receiving a "down to the studs" renovation in the mid-'90s"). This 5,511-square-foot half still has four bedrooms, "beautiful flooring," ornately inset ceilings, and a "gracious staircase," and hopes to command a $7.95M asking price after selling for $4.3M in 2010.


"Privately tucked away just steps from an exclusive gated beach entrance" in Palm Beach is a Wyeth-designed four-bedroom that the listing claims is a "French style retreat." Visually, the 1970 abode doesn't have very much in common with Florida's faux-French neighborhoods, but it does offer opportunities to "enjoy breakfast in bed with a pool view or the panoramic views from the morning dining area" for a slightly reduced $3.675M.

· On The Market: A Charming Cape Dutch Style Home in Coral Gables, Florida [Architectural Digest]
· A Mizner And A Wyeth On The Palm Beach Shore, For $59M [Curbed Miami]
· Elm Court; A Revered Princeton Landmark Since 1928 [Sotheby's]
· 14 Golfview Road [Zillow]
· 150 Algoma Road [Zillow]