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Tuscany in Mendon

California meets Rochester.

Bungalows, originally meant as a small but beautiful means of coping with the East Indian sun, are most often associated with California. They reached their height of popularity at the time as the Arts and Crafts movement in America. A builder who saw both come alive in a Pasadena bungalow took the exact plans to copy in his hometown back east. That bungalow was voted Most Beautiful Home in Rochester in 1916, several years after the builder ran out of money before ever getting to live in his dream. The current owners, Jim and Marie Via, have brought the original passion for the rough, hands on beauty of the Arts and Crafts style into the ongoing, authentic restoration of the bungalow.


Tuscany in Mendon

Architect Rodney Skirment had never had a client spend 5 years researching the perfect place and style of their dream house. The style was inspired by the classic lines of 16th century master Andreas Palladio. For several reasons, the dream house that became a real life, 3-story Italian villa has passed on to Robert and Jill Klimasewski. They have made their own mark from the playful rooster theme in the fully equipped Tuscan kitchen to the soaring center space that dominates the home. It is a new home but one destined to be a classic.

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