Longwood Farm Recognized with 2015 Palladio Award

April 24, 2015

We are proud to announce Curtis & Windham’s second consecutive Palladio Award for Longwood Farm, recognized in the category of new construction over 5,000 square feet.

At Longwood Farm, we sought to create a weekend country house whose design reflects regional architecture with a decidedly English influence.  Set on the rolling prairie that preludes Texas Hill Country and guided by a traditional English model of living and entertaining on a rural estate, the natural features of this former equestrian property – meadow, forest, and creekbed –  were edited to enhance and guide the views and experience throughout the property.  The English model also informed the design and placement of the house in the landscape as both an object to be viewed from a distance and as a hilltop vantage point from which to look out into the landscape.  In keeping with its Texas/English influences, the main body of the house is a tumbled local limestone with a thin coat of cement parging.  By contrast, the side wings are rendered in clapboard siding in a nod to the vernacular Texas farmhouse. In a similar melding of cultures, neoclassical details in the Great Room give way to more simply constructed details in less formal rooms.

Architecture and landscape architecture are by Curtis & Windham.  The general contractor and landscape contractors are longtime collaborators of Curtis & Windham: R.B. Ratcliff & Associates and Gibson’s Landscape Contractors, Inc, respectively.  The interior design is by Ginger Barber Design.

The jury included Michael Imber, Michael Imber Architects; Ankie Barnes, Barnes Vanze Architects; Tom Kligerman, Ike Kligerman Barkley and Wayne Good, Good Architecture.

The Palladio Awards are the only national awards program honoring traditional design, and are produced by Clem Labine’s Period Homes magazine. The award will be presented July 21 in Princeton, New Jersey, during the Traditional Building Conference.