Mediterranean Revival Compound
Given free reign to design a compound which embodies the client, location, and history has been a dream for architect Bobby Altman. Started in 1994 and postponed for 10 years, Bobby Altman utilized many hours for extensive historical research which included documentation of Coral Gables’ Venetian Pool constructed in 1923, the University of Virginia quadrangle, and through continuing education classes, Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse- St. Augustine and Designing for an Aging Population. This multi-building residence applied all that made the roaring 20’s sparkle with 21st century technology and conveniences. From pastel stucco walls, wrought iron railing, vine covered loggias, shady porticos, observation towers, original tile designs and mosaics, wood panel and stucco ceiling details, 14’ tall mahogany clad doors containing in a door within a door, copper dormers, bronze windows and doors, to commercial elevators, high-tech movie theater, advanced sound proofing walls, gravity controlled drainage, underground 12,000 gallon propane tanks, 5-ton marine boat crane, mahogany framed STC rating of greater than 55 triple layered windows with gas chambers and ¼” steel plate in doors, 80-ton chilled water central air-conditioning, and more than 200’ of dock which includes one of the last permitted covered boathouses in South Florida.
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