“No matter how grand the house, it is first and foremost a stage on which real human beings play out their lives.”
FROM THE FORWARD OF
American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer
Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd announced today that they have won two interior design awards at the inaugural Trumbauer Awards held by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). Eberlein Design, headed by Barbara Eberlein, ASID, won the awards for Best Commercial Interior Design Project for their Private Women’s Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Best Residential Interior Design Project for the Ardrossan Estate in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was held at Union League of Philadelphia’s Lincoln Ballroom (coincidentally another Eberlein project) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
The awards recognize the work of individuals and firms that preserve and advance classical tradition in the region and are named for Horace Trumbauer, the prominent, Gilded Age, Philadelphia architect who designed numerous significant buildings including: the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Union League of Philadelphia Annex; and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
“We are truly honored to accept these awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art,” said Barbara Eberlein, President and Creative Director of the Company.
The Winning Projects
Ardrossan – Best Residential Interior Design Project
The iconic Ardrossan Estate is a pure study in early 20th century design and has always been occupied by the family for whom it was built, never having been renovated or refurnished in over 100 years.
The comprehensive restoration of the interiors involved a master plan for architectural renovations, furnishing restoration, and painting conservation. The project documented the existing condition of the house and its collections and developed a systematic approach to restoration that was well integrated and cost effective. Extensive research was accomplished through interviews with family members; by studying early 20th century letters describing the interiors; and, miraculously, through perfectly executed petit point renderings of each principal space stitched by the original owner.
The cohesive effort was outlined for the grandson of the original owner for whom this grand estate was designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1912. Based on a Scottish country house, the building became symbolic of the Gilded Age with grand entertaining rooms restored to their original state by refurbishing furnishings and lighting, and utilizing period textiles and carpets. The masterful scale and proportions of the architecture demand the same sensitivity when restoring the interiors and the notable collection of antiques and decorative arts. The intention was to use a very light hand to achieve a result that looked as though the house had been well cared for and had aged naturally.
Other project participants recognized: Kass & Associates, www.kassarchitects.com; Hess Landscape Architects, www.hessla.com; QED Inc
Private Women’s Club – Best Commercial Interior Design Project Award
One of the country’s oldest private clubs for women is housed in an elegant building erected in 1956, an era when classicism was rarely embraced, particularly in new construction. The dining room is based closely on the 18th century Lansdowne House in London with its architecture and furnishings designed by Robert Adam. This club desired a building expressive of the vitality of its members. In an effort to reconcile the once-graceful interiors with the sophistication of the Club’s persona, an exhaustive program was undertaken to redefine their mission and audience while developing an environment that would clearly convey this character.
The scope of the project was comprehensive and the technical challenges complex. The entry hall required extensive restoration and the main hall needed a more logical, visual flow to introduce all the principal rooms. The multi-functional small dining room had to break down into three separate spaces for concurrent functions, but look gracefully continuous when fully opened. The bar and lounge with restored original Zuber hand-blocked wall paper, required an invigorated character to draw patrons in this busy city neighborhood full of competing restaurants by providing sought-after food and wine programs. The main dining room, welcoming events from lectures to weddings, was completely reconceived as an elegant neoclassical salon supported by upholstered silk damask walls articulated by handsome millwork. The project also included major entertaining spaces, a library, board room, and multiple hotel guest rooms, and a comprehensive program for restoration and conservation of antiques, art, and decorative arts.
Other project participants recognized: Foster-Willson Company, Inc., www.foster-willson.com; Hanson General Contracting, Inc., www.hansonfinebuilding.com; Pine Street Studios, www.pinestreetstudiosnj.com
About Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd
Founded in 1984, Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd. has built its award-wining reputation for elegant and unique interiors through one simple approach: listening. We listen carefully to our clients to learn about their character and their passions. We share their excitement for new surroundings and envision their lives unfolding within. Whether we’re designing residential interiors, restoring prominent landmarks or creating inspiring business environments, each space achieves its potential fully.
Barbara Eberlein was formally educated in the classics, history and art, an education that has served her enduring passion for design well. She is a sought after lecturer on classical architecture and design and is president emeritus of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Located in Center City Philadelphia, Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd. is comprised of a team of six management and design professionals with a broad range of technical expertise and specific knowledge of traditional interiors and historic styles. Our mission is to utilize that knowledge in the renovation and restoration of significant buildings that celebrate the grace and beauty of the past incorporating the vibrant energy of the present.Back to New & Exciting