PAVILLION STYLE SEASIDE ESTATE WITH EXCEPTIONAL GARDENS
FOR ARTISTS, it takes a lifetime of seeking truth and beauty to discern the right time and place to manifest truth and beauty in form. To translate truth and beauty in functional architecture sited in perfect harmony with surrounding nature is usually a feat reserved for genius.
Such is the case of “South Wind”, a lifelong oeuvre of Robert Hill. A Boston gentleman and esteemed designer with international sophistication and historical acumen, Robert Hill was a protégé of Billy Baldwin. A Classicist in nurture, a Romantic by nature, Robert Hill, in collaboration with his architect Jim Gage, created a timeless font of Classicism, European odes, and Newport essence in “South Wind”.
Sited on 1.18 acres tucked away off Ocean Drive, South Wind appears to be an act of nature in the most refined way. Designed from the Classicist axial plan, the single level manse accommodates flow for guests and privacy. Facing East, the large gallery offers a series of three French doors opening out to an expansive lawn with glimpses of Almy Pond. West of the gallery, a large living room opens out to a private walled garden which serves as an outdoor room. In describing the house, Robert Hill stated, "From each room you can step out through French doors out to a terrace. As the house is sited facing south, east and west, terraces can take advantage of both morning and afternoon sun"
Grandeur is alluded to but does not overshadow the sense of intimacy experienced at South Wind. Eleven foot ceilings are softened by cove molding to capture levity, while painted oak floors in tones of grey and creme evoke the comfort of Gustavian country houses. The desire for simplicity and architectural interest left no room for fabric window treatments. Instead, the designer opted for custom paneled shutters throughout. The skilled and exceptionally trained eye of Robert Hill is clearly presented at South Wind, and featured on the cover of the March 1992 issue of House Beautiful Magazine.
The Pavillion style architecture is a complement to the extraordinary gardens surrounding it. The gently sloping lot dipping toward the east seems to ladle in the abundant afternoon sun. Drifts of flowers in all seasons carry the breath of the natural setting and radiate in a colorful symphony to Mother Nature in all seasons. Carefully cultivated by the current owner for 21 years, an artist herself, every step through the gardens at South Wind is like an unwrapping of an extraordinary gift. Stone, birch and willow trees provide the architecture for the ever-changing ambience of flowers, birds and scents of this extraordinary property.
Located off Ocean Drive close to Spouting Rock Beach and Gooseberry Beach, South Wind is an Eden in an already heavenly topography. A rare offering.