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Recently renovated, Coulton and John Skinner’s 1934 home on La Gorce Island features 4,860 square feet of interior space.

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Restoration Success

By Drew Limsky

Photography by Ernesto Mendoza

09.17.18

An art deco palace re-emerges with period furnishings and modern amenities.

When local developer Michael Raynes discovered a 4,860-square-foot art deco home on La Gorce Island, the imposing estate was slated for demolition. Designed by architects Coulton and John Skinner and completed in 1934, the house, which sits on a vast 12,300-square-foot lot, was in considerable disrepair, but through a three-year rescue process, Raynes bought, restored and modernized it, even executing a pair of two-story additions in the process. Raynes tapped Fernando Wong to lavish the home with a landscaping concept featuring a front courtyard emulating a Parisian-style garden with exotic plant specimens, a hexagonal fountain and a stone driveway.

The lovingly curated furnishings were chosen to attract design connoisseurs. The soaring interiors are graced with a blend of custom-made pieces and antiques bought at auction and from noted international dealers, with standout choices that include a rare pair of Jean-Michel Frank beds from the famed Born estate in Argentina, FontanaArte sconces by Max Ingrand and a Jacques Adnet oak bar. (The furniture can be purchased via separate agreement.) But, with Calacatta gold marble slab countertops in the kitchen, Waterworks features in the master suite and a mobile-app-controlled Sonos audio system, this historic home is also thoroughly modern.

The resulting homage to deco is now on the market for $5.6 million. Nancy Batchelor, EWM Realty International, 305.903.2850