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An Italianate Villa

An Italianate Villa

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A second of the earliest houses in Sagamore Park, 21 Ridge Road, sits at the curve of that street atop the high ridge that overlooks the valley to the east. The Italian Renaissance-style residence was built for L.D. Garrett, who sold it shortly thereafter, and of the subsequent half dozen owners, two have lived there four decades or more. The stucco exterior with tile roof and dormers has understated windows. A large, square exterior entryway shelters visitors before they pass through two sets of glass doors and a second entryway to the front hall. Slightly to the north of the front entrance, a three-story turret cuts into the roofline, rising almost to the height of the three chimneys. Several restorations have been done over the last century, including the addition of a pool, terracing, and a garage. The rooms on the interior reflect the grandeur of the exterior, and one of them, the ballroom, was later converted to a paneled library; the outlines of the nine large arched windows that were covered over with paneling can still be noted on the exterior.

Architect: original unknown; recent renovations by Felhandler-Steeneken