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Gracious Symmetry

By Ruth J. Katz
Photography by Tim Lee

“The fineness of his craft and the keenness of his eye have left us with gifts of brick and mortar that seem to get better and better with each passing day."


Happily, those gifts of brick and mortar still enhance suburban communities today, more than seven decades after master architect Mott B. Schmidt designed them and fifteen years after renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, paid Schmidt this tribute. There they stand—profoundly eloquent yet simple Georgian Revival structures, the occasional grace notes dotting Far Hills, Bedford, Rye, Purchase, and Greenwich.

The front exterior of the house bears the typical hallmarks of the Georgian mansion: the dual chimneys, the pilasters, the pediment, the dentils, and, of course, the fanlight.

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