classical architects nyc

Shutze Award Winner 2010

A New Federal House

Excellence in Traditional Design Winner for Residential Design over 10,000 sf. "Our friends, the firm of Fairfax-Sammons, has given us another winner with their design for Farmlands, the focal point of a 600-acre wooded estate near Cooperstown, New York—remember, Fairfax-Sammons has an office in Charleston, so this place in New York qualifies.

The design incorporates the best qualities of the Colonial Revival style. It draws inspiration from our 18th-century heritage to create a work... that is uniquely American in the best sense. We can see references to numerous historic buildings in this otherwise original composition; it particularly recalls the mansion Woodlands, in Philadelphia, which regrettably is currently a somewhat shabby cemetery office. But what makes Farmlands special is not only its gracious design but its superb craftsmanship seen especially on its interiors: the library, with its custom gun case. The dining room, where the view of Lake Otsego from the Palladian window would make it difficult to concentrate on our meal. And down to the last detail: the Tower of the Winds order elegantly crafted for the mantel columns. So congratulations to Fairfax-Sammons for giving us yet another masterpiece."