The Africa Collection
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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Comfortable and Original
Leslie Sutton was immedi- ately drawn to the stone- trimmed Spanish Revival house in Darien, Connect- icut, a decade ago. Built in the 1930s, it boasted an intriguing provenance
as the summer residence for Frank La Forge,
the respected pianist and composer who had
it built. The cavernous living room still contained the pipe organ he installed. At the center of the house, the once-open courtyard
had been converted to an airy, glass-roofed
atrium. And the location, a perch on the banks
of tranquil Gorham’s Pond, was prime.
But the kitchen? The kitchen was a
About the size of a butler’s pantry, the
small space had been designed as a service
kitchen — house staff actually prepared food
a level below, where there is now a garage, and
brought it up by dumbwaiter, says Sutton.
leslie sutton insisted that the kitchen addition to her house reflect the 1930s Spanish
Revival architecture. The ceiling beams, which were salvaged from old Connecticut barns,
resemble those in the rest of the house. Other elements carried over from the original design
include the arched windows (above and page 48), limestone floors, and dark oak trim.