The Chateaux des Reves on Park Avenue in Windermere is the most recent addition to the architectural landscape on Lake Butler by renowned architect John Henry. The mix of Greco Roman and French Renaissance architecture was purposefully designed to contrast the bevy of Mediterranean styles that dominate the landscape along the shores of this prestigious lake.
Totaling over 14,000 square feet, this residence exudes the artistry and craftsmanship that John Henry is known for. Palladium arches grace the entranceway as they do in the Villa Serena also designed by John Henry for the late Payne Stewart. Numerous rounded features which are architecturally difficult to pull off grace much of the interior. The architectural details required 55 tons of exotic hand carved stones. One of the most notable stone features is the 1.5 story fireplace composed of a solid stone carving. Abundant stone, plaster, and wood details decorate the 35 foot high ceilings on the first level of the home.
The formal living, library, family rooms, kitchen, dining room, billiard, exercise room, and the master suite are located on the first level. Unfortunately, the video does not include views of the second level but there’s plenty to see and enjoy from the first level alone.
The 2 story library was patterned after the one found in the Biltmore House in North Carolina. Hand carved panels stained in cherry grace the walls and the second level balcony is accessed through an elegant spiral staircase.
An undertaking of more than 14 months of planning and 2.5 years of construction, the Chateaux des Reves is truly one of the finest works of architecture that grace the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes.
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