Welcoming space with random width Oak flooring (all original), circular staircase (note “bottle bottom” leaded window, curved to match radius of stair tower), arched openings to Living Room and French doors to Loggia and Garden.
Carved wood chairs are 19th Century English antiques in Renaissance style, purchased from Pine Appeal on Park Avenue.
Sideboard with cabinet below and shelves above is also an English antique, said to have once been owned by Paul McCartney.
Bookcase is Scottish, probably about 1830, and was located in an antique mall (stall) in Atlanta. Note the heavy carving and the unusual drawer.
Light fixtures are not old. Original fixtures designed by Jas. Gamble Rogers were removed, over the years, as the house changed ownership. The present fixtures will be replaced, as funds become available, with wrought iron Spanish-style fixtures designed by Jack Rogers. (Applies to other areas)
This was Mr. Barbour’s Office, with a Dressing Room and private Bath, entered through the door to the right of the fireplace.
The hand-hewn beam over the fireplace was replaced, as well as the window left of the fireplace. A doorway had been cut through.
The serving piece is English, in Renaissance style, purchased from an antique mall (stall) in Atlanta. It is 19th Century.
The random width Oak floor is original, with the exception of a few boards removed when “salvage” was considered prior to planned demolition.
Loggia and Formal Garden
Note the axial relationship of the Loggia, looking north through the Living Room to the Courtyard Fountain; and east through the center arch to the formal garden and fountain beyond, centered in the cul-de-sac. The low garden walls and well are reconstructed, according to the original drawings. The cul-de-sac, which is also on axis with Knowles Avenue, was added for effect.
The clay Amphoras are from the Mediterranean region, probably used to store olive oil. They are ancient
Note the Broken Arches on the south end of the Loggia. They were designed and constructed that way, reminiscent of older examples in Spain, which had crumbled with the passage of time. It is one of the more romantic features of the design!
The solitary door leads to a Flower Potting Room.
Perhaps the dominant room in the house, the Living Room measures 18’ by 32’, entered through double arched openings on axis with a bay window featuring leaded glass panes in French doors and sidelights, and leaded bottle bottom in glass transoms.
Beams are hand-hewn Heart Pine. Note the pegs. Also note the way the rafter tails form pockets above the hand-hewn wall cap, visually “knitting” the room together.
The random width Oak floor is original. All plaster is original, except an area of about 8 to 10 square feet, just to the left of the French doors to the Loggia.
The fireplace and mantel are original. The painting is a digital version of “Our Lady of the Flower” by George Loftus Noyes. The original is in the possession of the Cornell Museum at Rollins College.
Stand in front of the entrance to the Dining Room and look back, through the arch, to the spiral stair with its arched window. This is signature Gamble Rogers’ residential scale and detail!
The two heavy carved chairs are “Edwardian” purchased in an estate sale in Maitland. The buffet is English, 19th Century, purchased at Iron Gate on Mills Street. The oval, drop-leafed gate leg table is English, Eighteenth Century, purchased at the recent antique show at the Orlando Museum of Art. It came out of an estate sale on Long Island.
The Dining Room features a hand-hewn timber frame ceiling, similar to the Living Room. A small area of this ceiling, perhaps 18” x 36” had to be replaced. Otherwise, all wood ceilings in the house are original. Additionally, a hand-hewn wall cap in the northeast corner (about 5 feet in length) had to be replaced, due to demolition. Otherwise the timber framing is original.
The Dining Room table, is an English antique in Renaissance style. It is only about 22” wide and 84” long. It is almost identical to the table which was purchased by the Barbour’s, exhibiting decorative hand-carved legs and wrought iron bracing. The chairs are English, purchased through Pine Appeal on Park Avenue. The Side Table, with its richly carved drawer fronts, is probably early 19th Century.
Note the axial relationship of the French doors to the Fountain; and doors beyond to the service hallway.
The Interior Courtyard is completely original, with exception of the Herringbone Brick paving and the hand-hewn Heart Pine beam under the balcony.
The hand-painted Majolica tile is original and so impressed visitors from the Tile Market on Alden Road, that they donated similar hand-painted tile for the two accessible bathrooms off of the Service Hall, as well as tile for the Garden Room flooring and bathroom.
The courtyard, interior to the building rather enclosed by a garden wall, is a signature feature of the authentic “Spanish Cortijo” or Spanish Farmhouse, typical of Andalusia.
Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry
The Kitchen is equipped for catering service.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association donated a new kitchen and butler’s pantry in 2009. Copies of the original plans of the house were used to design the spaces. The cabinetry is a reproduction of original millwork designed by Gamble Rogers.
Formerly a 3-car garage; now a 600 SF multi-purpose room for small gatherings, seminars, executive retreats, joint-use with house for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, separate area for children’s activities, etc.
Main beam is Heart Pine, hand hewn by “Brother” Mark Webb.
Rafters are 2 x 8 ... 26’ long, salvaged from old home in South Georgia.
Tile for floor and bathroom was donated by Archie Vandermast of the Tile Market on Alden Road in Orlando.
Moorish light in front of entrance was found in antique shop in Mt. Dora - very old, probably several hundred years.
Furniture was found at “Iron Gate” on Mills Street (antique Pine wine cabinet with ancient Egyptian rusted gate); and antique red sideboard was found at Maurice’s Old World Furniture, at corner of Fairbanks and Orlando Avenue.
Room will accommodate conference table for 12, with executive chairs for meeting or retreat; 4 to 5 tables for bridge; or 24 to 30 seated theater style, for a meeting.
Natural wood counter is Heart Red Cypress, recovered from a river bottom in West Florida. Note the “river edge” resulting from decades of exposure to running water. The original growth tree was cut in the 1880’s and was probably between 1,000 and 1,500 years old.
There is a large common area over the Main Entrance Hall, which provides access to the Balcony; also four bedrooms, each with private bath.
Two bedrooms serve as changing areas for brides, bridesmaids and groomsmen; one serves as an office for Arthur's catering and the other as the Executive Office for the Friends of Casa Feliz.
Servants’ Quarters consisted of two bedrooms with a shared bath.
These rooms have been reconfigured to provide two handicapped accessible bathrooms and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio museum room.