MERRYWOOD1020 PALMER AVENUE James Gamble Rogers II designed this Spanish eclectic-style home, which was built in 1938 for New Englander Caroline Plant, who named it Merrywood. At nearly 7,000 square feet, it’s the largest residence ever designed by Rogers. But, apart from its size, Merrywood is typical of the architect’s work, with its buff-colored stucco exterior and red tile roof. When Plant died, the home was sold and her estate was distributed to and additions. However, the architect said in the 1980s that a two-story extension at the home’s western end, which features round-headed 94 LIVING IN WINTER PARK 2012 NEW AMERICAN HOME 229 ALEXANDER PLACE like this Alexander Place showhome by Winter Park-based architect Phil Kean, add to the city’s visually eclectic feel with a modernist approach. This Kean creation was the 2012 New American Home, a project of the National Association of Homebuilders. It debuted at the International Builders Show, held that year in Orlando. At 4,183 square feet, it’s smallish for a showhome. But Kean said one of his goals was to maximize technology and optimize space. The home’s look was inspired by the “white box” structures made famous by American architect Richard Meier and Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, who’s considered a pioneer of modern architecture. Kean and husband Brad Grossberg owned and occupied the home until 2016, when they sold it for $2.7 million — said to be the most per square foot ever paid for a non-lakefront home in Winter Park — and bought a 1940 home designed by Gamble Rogers II.
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