Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vizcaya: visitors center

Soon to be reopened after major renovation (following flooding, the dangers of seaside living!), the visitors center at Vizcaya is located in the lower level in what was once a bowling alley and Deering's smoking room.
Entry to these spaces are on the north side of the house, directly opposite from the main gardens and beside the pool. Interior access to the pool is through these spaces at the base of the stair from the ground floor. I love this turquoise doorframe color! The bowling alley lies right inside the doors and will house the cafe. Bright, clean and simple, this space won't show up any of the 'historic' interiors and will be highly functional. Due to past renovations and the flooding, I don't believe there were any remnants of the bowling lanes or any other details left to preserve.More stylish, but no less utilitarian, is Deering's smoking room, located in the northwest corner. I loved these colorful marble floors. The fireplace is a European antique and the ceilings are original to the space.Hopefully you will be visiting here soon enough -I believe it opens this spring!

7 comments:

The Devoted Classicist said...

I recently had a very similar chimneypiece made for a new penthouse in Tulsa. Maybe I was subconciosly channeling Paul Chalfin!

quintessence said...

Great -- can't wait to see. I love the beautiful mantel - and what an interesting contrast with the more modern looking floor.

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely architecture! The details are beautiful! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I love the old farm at Vizcaya. My favorite thing about the place.

The French Mouse said...

Love that fireplace!

Kellie Woodward said...

I hope you can come back when we have the shop open. We are really excited about our beautiful new space. I love you sneaked in, wish I had known you were here.

I-5 Design & Manufacture said...

Wow, so beautiful. I love the mantel piece. That seems to tie the entire room together. Thank you for sharing.