french doors open from the living room onto
the inviting terrace, which, like the house itself, is
built of native stone. The informal seating areas
and profusion of potted plants create an
atmosphere in the outdoor space that speaks of
Roberts’s early years, when he spent his winters
writing in Italy.
Passage. The popular book was made into a
movie in 1940 with Spencer Tracy as its star.
(A film that, reportedly, Roberts disliked.)
The author lived in the house, where he continued to write novels and magazine articles,
until his death in 1957, the year he also won a
Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his historical fiction.
“I imagined him as my client,” Rossouw
says of taking on the show house project. “I
designed the living room, as well as the ter-
race it opens to, as a tribute to Roberts’s life,
interests, and keen sense of humor.”
Rossouw replicated the layout Rob-
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