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Kingston Manor

This iconic 1927 Barber McMurry home was in need of significant site work when the owners engaged SWH in 2011. The family that inherited the home subsequently left it unattended for a period of time and the adjacent forest had intruded upon the nearly two-acre site, shading out vegetation and obscuring views.

SWH capitalized on the historic architecture, the owners’ passion for travel, and their extensive art collection to thoroughly revitalize the site. While preserving the legacy trees, the property was transformed into an engaging, multi-layered landscape. Terraced garden rooms unfurl along the back of the home, creating a charming backdrop for the owners’ frequent social events. Separate spaces maintain unity through a shared hardscape palette that echoes the original masonry features of the home. An expansive lawn sweeps down the remaining grade to buffer the interior gardens from the woodland perimeter. As light and life return to the site, the garden has pushed outward, creating new opportunities for ornamentation, follies, and art pieces that reflect the owners’ passions.

  • Original Architect: Barber McMurry
  • Renovation Architect: Bill Andrews
  • Photographer: Paul Hassell