Standing proudly between two flanking estates – each four times its size - this new classical villa in Beverly Farms, on one-and-a-half acres on Boston’s historic Gold Coast, was once part of a much larger ocean front estate property. This stately residence embraces the land with a series of descending outdoor rooms and gardens that frame the ocean beyond.
Evens Architects’ John P. Margolis modeled the stucco-clad structures after the Petit Trianon and the British Queen’s House in Greenwich, siting it on a strong central axis, oriented towards distant islands on the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast.
Bracketed by granite steps, ivy berms and lawn terraces with classical balustrades, the descending gardens feature a variety of distinct landscape “places”. One terrace is dominated by textures of green, punctuated with urns of red geraniums, inspired by the Villa Gamberaia. Lower perennial gardens and hedges are modeled after Packwood House, Warwickshire, England. The north side is filled with perennials in shades of blue and violet, and the south side reds and yellows.
John lived in his beloved house for ten years, sharing it with his two basset hounds, Tinker & Rufus.