Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Diego Suarez Residence Interiors

Some interiors to the Diego and Evelyn Marshall Field Suarez residence, designed by Suarez himself c. 1952 in Brookville. Click HERE for more on the Diego Suarez residence.




Pictures from the Library of Congress.

11 comments:

magnus said...

This epitomizes 1930's chic to me. I'll move right in.

magnus said...

And if i recall correctly, they had an equally stylish apartment at the River House in New York.

The Down East Dilettante said...

What could be better than a small house with big house qualities? The decoration is a masterpiece of scale and ease---and real chic.

The Devoted Classicist said...

This enchanting house is one of my favorites in all of Long Island.

Anonymous said...

Ive long wondered if Suarez ever did any other work other than this garden and Vizcaya? I suspect there is some story here....

Anonymous said...

Beautiful.

However to my eyes the books on the bookshelf in the last photograph don't look real!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Anonymous, Suarez was in partnership with a Mr. Hatton for a time as de Suarez and Hatton. In Augusta Owen Patterson's American Homes Of Today there is a wonderful Italian style townhouse by them for Alice McLean.

Flo said...

"However to my eyes the books on the bookshelf in the last photograph don't look real!"

Indeed they do NOT look real! Trompe l'oeil? Maybe even a fully disguised doorway into a pantry?

Turner Pack Rats said...

just because all you guys have are dog eared copies of stephen king doesn't mean some people don't have nice books. people with money (not me for sure) sometimes have books rebound so they'll all look the same on the shelf. a little anal retentive true but they sure do look nice. one of my customers bought every leather bound book i found. had no intention of reading them but put them around her house just for looks. myself, i like ones with art nouveau gilt and many of those you'd never read either cause they are just crap but they sure look nice.
i must say tho, i do like the secret door idea. big houses should all have a few.
this house is a little monochromatic for me altho i do like all the built-in touches and the added flourishes on the walls and floors. i suppose its the late build date.

security word def - "dicastst" - architectural models in metal made by a stutterer.

Anonymous said...

The reason the books don't real is because they aren't. They are painted in what the french call trompe l'oeil-or we call faked. Upon very close inspection it appears to me that these "fake books" hide 2 hidden doors. The whole arrangement is very typical of houses of this type in this period.

Anonymous said...

to add to this discussion if you look at each of the book shelves it appears that they are mirror images of each other. very clever way to let all in on the joke, but to look real to a passerby, or fast visit