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Meticulously Restored Tudor House in Utah

A team of talented designers, builders, and artisans restores a historic home with authentic details and contemporary sensibilities

Written and produced by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith
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    A meticulously restored Tudor house surrounded by lush, English-style gardens is not what you expect to find sitting on the outskirts of Salt Lake City. A few years ago, when Gordon Bowen, a global advertising executive with roots in Utah, happened upon the property, it was a far different sight. Several developers also were eyeing the then-rundown house—more interested in the prime location than the structure itself. But Bowen won out, assuring the sellers he had no intention of tearing down the 1904 home.

    Initially he saw the house as a temporary residence. He was already working with architects Greg Tankersley and Bobby McAlpine and designer Rochelle Warner on plans for a new home to be built a few miles away. However, he soon shelved that project and committed to an ambitious renovation of the old house.

    Photography: Emily Minton Redfield 

    Architect: Greg Tankersley and Bobby McAlpine, McAlpine, 501 Cloverdale Rd., Suite 201, Montgomery, AL 36106; 334/262-8315, mcalpinehouse.com.
    Interior designer: Rochelle Warner, Rochelle Warner Design, 3233 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106; 801/467-2310.
    Landscape architect: Mike Kaiser,  Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architecture, 3415 West End Ave., Suite 101C, Nashville, TN 37203; 615/298-9720, kaisertrabue.com.
    Builder: Jeremy Jackson and Brandon LeRoy, Jackson & LeRoy, 4980 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84117; 801/277-3927, jacksonandleroy.com.
    Landscape maintenance: Big Rock Premium Landscaping & Design, 866/288-9501, bigrockinc.com

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    Entry Hall

    “I had the desire to create something unique,” Gordon says. “Greg had the vision to realize the full promise of this historic landmark.”

    Warner recommended the Alabama-based architectural duo to Gordon, having admired their work when she was living in England. “When we moved back to Salt Lake, I called to inquire about hiring them for our own home,” Warner says. “That didn’t work out, but I remembered how nice they were.” This time, it was a fit.

    The foyer with a vintage rug leads to the formal dining room where antique English chairs surround a custom mahogany table.

    Area rug (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    Wallpaper (“Honeybee”/Onteora Silver): J.R. Burrows & Co., burrows.com.
    Stenciling (by Dale Jolley): custom.
    Chair in foreground (antique): Liberty London, liberty.co.uk.
    Umbrella stand: Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques, anthonysfineart.com.
    Interior doors: Masterpiece Millwork & Door, masterpiecemill.com.

    Dining room—
    Table (custom, mahogany): Arthur Brett, arthurbrett.com.
    Flowers: Julie Prince Flowers, julieprinceflowers.com.
    Candelabra (antique): owner’s collection.
    Chairs (George III, mahogany, England, 1795): Philip Colleck Ltd., philipcolleck.com.
    Chair and drapery fabric (“Paradise”/Original on Oyster): Bennison Fabrics, bennisonfabrics.com.
    Trim on drapery (custom): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Chandelier: antique.
    Oriental cabinet (antique): Patch Rogers Arts & Craft Design, gallery.acfc.co.uk.  

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    Conservatory

    “Gordon is incredibly spontaneous and cinematic, but he was also intent on creating a nurturing home for his two children,” says Tankersley. To introduce natural light and a contemporary flow to the cloistered and dark rooms characteristic of the Tudor style, Tankersley came up with the idea of a conservatory strategically attached along the rear of the original structure. With expansive window walls and a ceiling that rises to 15 feet, the light-filled addition happily accommodates a gracious kitchen, informal dining area, and a pair of back-to-back conversation spaces.  

    Sofa (custom, from an antique): F. Weixler Co., fweixlerco.com.
    Sofa fabric (“William Morris Weave” #R0439): Robert Kime, robertkime.com.
    Red chair to right of mantel (#494); red chair to left of sofa (#494): A. Rudin, arudin.com.
    Chair to left of mantel (“Newport Rush Lounge Chair”): Charles Fradin, charlesfradin.com.
    Fabric on red chairs to left of sofa (“Satisfaction”/Cranberry #SAT 2685 K): Rodolph, rodolph.com.
    Fabric on lounge chair to left of mantel (“Dee”/Midi, discontinued): Clarence House, clarencehouse.com.
    Floor lamp; table lamp by red chair: antique.
    Tall candleholders on each side of mantel: Tabula Rasa SLC, tabularasastationers.com
    Crest above mantel: antique.
    Mantel (custom): Artistic Stone, artisticstonemasonry.com.
    Hanging lights (“Westminster Square Lantern,” reproduction from Empire Lighting): Architectural Accents, architecturalaccents.com.
    Area rug (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    Wall paint (mixed on site): custom.
    Stair bookcase (antique): Jamb, jamb.co.uk.

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    Conservatory and Kitchen

    “The conservatory and its numerous doorways establish a congenial ‘figure eight’ circulation through the main floor,” Tankersley says. “No one ever wants to get cornered in a dead-end space.”   

    Antique Arts and Crafts oak chairs line the 1910 oak refectory table. Painted demilune panels from England date to 1870. “Westminster Square” lanterns are reproductions from Empire Lighting. 

    Hanging lanterns (“Westminster Square Lantern,” reproduction from Empire Lighting Collection): Architectural Accents, architecturalaccents.com.
    Dining table (Arts & Crafts Oak Refectory Table, c.1910); chairs (Arts & Crafts oak, carved, antique); black settees with rush seats (attributed to Phillip Webb, 1880): Patch Rogers Arts & Crafts Design, gallery.adfc.co.uk.
    Seat fabric on dining chairs (“Olivier”/Marigold #3004/02): Suzanne Tucker Home, suzannetuckerhome.com.
    Red pillows with flowers on settees (“Irina” #C606B): Chelsea Editions, chelseatextiles.com.
    Cream pillow with flowers (“Victor Hugo”/Bix #L4145-001): Le Manach, lemanach.fr.
    Table between settees: antique.   

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    Kitchen 

    Custom-painted Rutt cabinets conceal appliances and frame the French Lacanche range and Artistic Stone hood. The island top is pewter.

     

    Cabinets: Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry, ruttcabinetry.com.
    Range: Lacanche, frenchranges.com.
    Range hood (custom): Artistic Stone, artisticstonemasonry.com.
    Countertop (pewter, De Corbusier Metal): Francois & Co., francoisandco.com.
    Marble countertops: European Marble & Granite, europeanmarbleandgranite.net.
    Appliances; hardware; fixtures: Mountain Land Design, mountainlanddesign.com.
    Copper pieces (English antiques): owner’s collection.
    Paintings above range hood (demilune panels, 1870 England): Jon Fox Antiques, jonfoxantiques.com.

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    Keeping Room 

    At every juncture, Tankersley forged seamless connections between old and new. A wall in the foyer was removed to establish a new axis, and a dark center hallway was transformed into a sunny keeping room with a vaulted skylight. “We are constantly pulling modern tricks that allow an old house to breathe while maintaining its integrity,” he says.  

    A light well introduces natural light into this transitional space, which connects the formal rooms of the original house with the new conservatory. Chairs are upholstered in “Petite Fleur” fabric from Kerry Joyce. Wallpaper is “Trellis” by Morris & Co. through Zoffany. 

    Table (antique, Arts & Crafts): Liberty of London, liberty.co.uk.
    Chairs (“Sophia Chair” #CH-3-136): Rose Tarlow/Melrose House, rosetarlow.com.
    Slipcover fabric on chairs (“Petite Fleur”/Lake Blue #1006-06): Kerry Joyce, kerryjoyce.com.
    Rug (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    China cabinet (Arts & Craft): antique.
    Wallpaper (“Trellis”
     #210487, by Morris & Co., colorway discontinued): Zoffany, zoffany.com.
    Floor lamp (“Zoro Floor Lamp” #3031): Paul Ferrante, paulferrante.com.
    Wood floor restoration: K.T. Hardwoods, kthardwoods.com.
    Art: owner’s collection.

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    Living Room

    To ensure the existing living room didn’t get upstaged by the new conservatory, a coffered ceiling was added. The living room’s floor was lowered to accommodate the coffered treatment and create volume and a grander sense of scale. “Our goal was a reinvented and functional home that respects the past,” Gordon explains. “In the world of preservation, creating timeless architecture is the ultimate act of conservation.”

    Facing sofas are upholstered in “Spencer Velvet” from George Spencer Designs. The custom rug is from Regency Royale. The open book is a portfolio of Annie Leibovitz photographs. 

    Wall paint (custom mixed); trim paint (“Clunch” #2009); window trim (“Down Pipe” #26): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Sofas (for similar, “Canterbury Knole Sofa” #1210): CR Laine, crlaine.com.
    Fabric on sofa and Louis XVI chair back (“Spencer Velvet”): George Spencer Designs, georgespencer.com.
    Pillows on sofas (“Milton Damask”/Bleu Vert, silk): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co., claremontfurnishing.com.
    Pillow trim (“Rousseau Handwoven Braid” #982-27611): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
    Gilt chairs (Louis XVI): Matthew Upham Antiques, matthewupham.com.
    Chair fabric, front (#4238 in Gris, Bleu): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co., claremontfurnishing.com.
    Round table: Anthony Outred, outred.co.uk.
    Area rug (custom design): Regency Royale, regencyroyale.com.
    Art book and stand (Annie Leibovitz, limited edition portfolio”): Taschen, taschen.com.
    Table holding tea and coffee service (antique); wall sconces (antique); lamps behind sofa (antique): owner’s collection.
    Tea and coffee service (English): antique.
    High-backed chairs at window: antique in antique Italian tapestry.   

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    Office

    The original windows were dismantled and re-leaded with the original glass. Existing hardware was refurbished whenever possible, while missing sections and new windows were outfitted with faithful replicas crafted by local artisans. “The project challenged all the tradespeople,” Gordon says. “There was a sense of pride and ownership. They were perfectionists.” 

    Gordon's home office features a Gothic English Oak library table with an original William Morris chair (at left).

    Hanging light (from Vienna, c. 1900): Rose Uniacke Interiors, roseuniacke.com.
    Library table (Gothic English Oak): Jamb, jamb.co.uk.
    Lamp: Anthony’s Antiques, anthonysfineart.com.
    Chair at table, left (original William Morris chair with original fabric): Patch Rogers Arts & Craft Design, gallery.acfc.co.uk.
    Chair at table, right (William Morris): antique.
    Chair fabric: Patch Rogers antique original fabric.
    Desk at right: Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques, anthonysfineart.com.
    Desk chair (Patch Rogers’ Arts & Crafts Department): Liberty London, liberty.co.uk.
    Sculpture of torso: owner’s collection.
    Hanging lights (Vienna 1900-1910): Rose Uniacke Interiors, roseuniacke.com.
    Flooring: Belgian Blue Sone. 

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    Historic Bedroom

    The renovation was under way in 2012 when Gordon went to London for the Olympics. While there, he saw an exhibit about 19th-century Arts and Crafts designer William Morris. “He got excited about English Arts and Crafts,” says Warner, and that inspired much of the interior design. “We traveled to England together, and then I went back on my own for several shopping trips in the Cotswolds,” the designer says. “We are both night owls, so we were always sharing photos and sending texts to each other at crazy hours.”

    Painted wainscoting and a medley of antique and reproduction furnishings and fabrics in the bedroom speak to the historic roots of the house. Fabric for the draperies, bedcover, pillow shams, and rocking chair is “The Ballad” by C.F.A. Voysey from J.R. Burrows & Co. 

    Wall paint (“Clunch” #2009); trim paint (“Down Pipe” #26): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Wallpaper (“The Shepherd” by C.F.A. Voysey): Trustworth Studios, trustworth.com.
    Drapery, bed cover, pillow-sham fabric, and rocking-chair fabric (“The Ballad,” by C.F.A. Voysey): special order from J.R. Burrows & Co., burrows.com.
    Quilt at end of bed (by Jenette White): Rochelle Warner Design, 801/467-2310.
    Bed (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    Checked pillow shams (“Shaker Check”/Rust #P113-15): Carleton V Ltd., carletonvltd.com.
    Lamps (“Owl Lamp”): Collier Webb, collierwebb.com.
    Lamp shade fabric (“Devon Plaid-Original” #LFY09038F, Haberdashery Collection): Ralph  Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Area rug (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    Rocking chair: antique.
    Plaid window-seat cushion (“Check Rustique”/Pumpkin #50201, colorway discontinued): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
    Hanging light (antique): Liberty London, liberty.co.uk.

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    Master Bathroom

    A freestanding “Margaux” bathtub from Waterworks with a burnished exterior finish is complemented by a vintage-style washstand and “Easton Vintage” tub filler and sink faucet.

    Bathtub (“Margaux”/Burnished finish); tub fillers (“Easton Vintage” #897039); vanity (“R.W. Atlas Metal Two-Leg Single Washstand”); faucets (“Easton Vintage”): Waterworks, waterworks.com.
    Light fixture (by Fortuny): owner’s collection.
    Table by bathtub: Anthony’s Fine Art and Antiques, anthonysfineart.com
    Daybed (antique); table beside daybed (antique): Liberty London, liberty.co.uk.
    Floral daybed fabric (by Gisbert Rentmeister): Aviron Textiles, avirontextiles.com.
    Cabinetry: a library attributed to the workshop of Charles Rennie Mackintosh of Scotland.
    Area rug (antique): Adib’s Rug Gallery, adibs.com.
    Flooring under bathtub: honed black marble.

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    Spacious Attic

    The ceiling was raised and skylights were added to create a sunny and welcoming space in the attic. New exposed beams and trusses are in keeping with the Arts and Crafts spirit. The ceiling wallcovering is William Morris’s “Marigold” from Zoffany in a custom colorway. 

    Chairs (antique Gothic Revival); library table (19th-century oak): Jamb, jamb.co.uk.
    Game table: Euro Treasures Antiques, eurotreasuresantiques.com.
    Sofa and ottoman: owner’s collection.
    Sofa and ottoman fabric (“Sibton”/Lichen, linen velvet): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co., claremontfurnishing.com.
    Cushions on sectional (by Rose Cumming): Dessin Fournir, dessinfournir.com.
    Trunk in front of sofa (antique): owner’s collection.
    Lantern on wall behind sofa (“Wooden Mews Wall Lantern” #WL 401): Charles Edwards Antiques, charlesedwards.com
    Area rugs (custom): Regency Royale, regencyroyale.com.
    Ceiling wallpaper (“Marigold” #220319, with custom match color DMA1ZZ154, by Morris & Co.): Zoffany, zoffany.com.
    Hanging light over game table (antique): owner’s collection. 
    Stairway railings: Newman Wood Systems, newmanwood.com.
    Carvings on stairway (by Rafael Robles): custom.  

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    Mudroom

    Floor-to-ceiling “District Tile” in Burnt Sugar and Marigold is from Waterworks. The trim is painted Down Pipe and the door Eating Room Red from Farrow & Ball. A dog-head plaque from Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques greets those who come to the back entry.

    Trim paint  (“Down Pipe” #26); door paint (“Eating Room Red” #43): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Tile (“District Tile”/Burnt Sugar, and Marigold): Waterworks, waterworks.com.
    Dog art: Anthony’s Fine Art and Antiques, anthonysfineart.com.
    Floor (17th-century French limestone): Chateau Domingue, chateaudomingue.com.
    Tile installation: Metro Tile, metrotileutah.com.
    Light on work table; work table: owner’s collection.

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    Exterior

    A series of arched windows enlivens the formal salon. The flower beds are raised, and boxwoods, hydrangeas, and climbing roses are centered on the arches to enhance views from the salon to the garden.

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    Backyard Fountain

    The dedication to restoration carried over to the grounds, where Nashville landscape architect Mike Kaiser tucked new and repurposed structures amid the gardens. 

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    Trellis Dining Area

    With views to the fountain, outdoor dining is at its finest beneath the trellis.

    Table; chairs (“Gothic Revival”): Anthony’s Antiques, anthonysfineart.com.
    Seat cushions (“Ticking”/Slate, Paper #130835, by Scion): Zoffany, zoffany.com.
    Tabletop: owner’s collection. 

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    Quaint Path

    The pergola is original to the estate.

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    Garden Gate

    The kitchen garden is accented by a new stone-and-brick wall and a stone path.

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    Pool Area

    A swimming pool original to the estate (the first in the state of Utah) was beyond repair, but Kaiser replaced it with a new family-friendly version. 

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    Dining Pavilion

    An antique greenhouse from India was transformed into a poolside dining pavilion and anchors the property’s western boundary.  An antique crystal chandelier that once hung in the Utah governor’s mansion adorns the restored greenhouse.

    Chandeliers: antique, from Utah Governor’s mansion.
    Table (antique): C.G. Sparks, cgsparks.com.
    Tabletop: Beehive Glass Co., 801/503-0895.
    Chairs: owner’s collection.
    Upholstered settee at right (antique): owner’s collection.
    Tile flooring (antique English): Chateau Domingue, chateaudomingue.com.
    Glass walls and ceiling (from India): antique.
    Pool: Dolphin Pools & Spas, dolphinpoolsandspas.com.

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    Rapunzel Tower

    Although the restoration of the home and gardens was a serious endeavor, there was still opportunity for whimsy. When Gordon requested a playhouse for his daughter, Tankersley made the most of the opportunity. Gordon’s daughter loves the story of Rapunzel, so a tower it was.

    A focal point in the landscape, the Rapunzel tower was built as a playhouse but doubles as guest quarters. It is surrounded by perennial gardens with lavender, blue, and pastel blooms that complement the trim colors. 

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    Rapunzel Tower Quarters

    Looking ahead to Bowen's daughter's future, Tankersley designed the tower structure as a guesthouse with a bedroom on the second floor and a crow’s nest on top, and sited it in a picturesque setting next to a little stream.  

    Abundant windows, a sparkly chandelier, and plenty of purple accents make up a pretty space.

    Paint (“Down Pipe” #26): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Area rug (“Aspen”/Ivory): Regency Royale, regencyroyale.com.
    Chandelier (“Dupont Chandelier” #DL-CD 19P): Dennis & Leen, dennisandleen.com.
    Settee (antique): owner’s collection.
    Settee fabric (“Madeleine”/Lavender); pillow at left on settee (“Mahatma”/Lavender): Raoul Textiles, raoultextiles.com.
    Pillow, right (“Carla”/Lilac): Claremont Furnishing Fabrics, claremontfurnishing.com.
    Box under chaise: Details-Comforts for the Home, detailscomforts.com.
    Table to right of chaise (antique); lamp on table (antique); chair at left of settee (antique): owner’s collection.
    Chair-seat fabric (“Ginger”/Lavender #172039, linen): C&C Milano, cec-milano.com.

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    Rear Exterior

    Mount Olympus soars behind the 1904 Tudor-style home.

    Stucco paint (“Clunch” #2009); timber paint (“Down Pipe” #26); front door paint (“Eating Room Red” #43): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
    Custom doors and gates: Artisans du Bois, artisansdubois.com.
    Skylights: Aladdin Industries Skylights, aladdinskylights.com.
    Timber detailing: Euclid Timber frames, euclidtf.com.
    Gutters: Park City Rain Gutters, pcraingutter.com.
    Pool and water features: Dolphin Pools & Spas, dolphinpoolsandspas.com.

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  • Homeowner Gordon Bowen

    “Everyone involved, from the design to the execution of the small details, brought their best game to this project,” says Gordon, who maintains all voices deserved to be heard. He laughs about heeding the sage advice of his advertising mentor, David Ogilvy: “Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself."

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