The classic fireplace mantle surrounds featured here grace a lavish and monumental French
Beaux-Arts Revival style home inspired by the grand mansions of America's commercial royalty during the
Gilded Age of the
late 19th century. Completed in late 2001 in Holmby Hills, California, Fleur de Lys was created with the same level of craftsmanship and attention
to detail befitting its predecessors more than a century ago!
Fleur de Lys
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Designed by architect Richardson Robertson of Los Angeles, California, in conjunction with a team of
consultants in France and Italy, this timeless and enduring design reflects a return to Classicism rarely seen
on this lev-
el today. And undoubtedly, as with many of the Beaux-Arts designs of the Gilded Age, it is destined to become an important part of our architectural heritage.
Built on a scale approximating some of its late 19th century forebears, the 45,000 square foot home includes
12 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, and a mag-
nificent ballroom that can accommodate up to 650 people. The architec-
tural detailing is superb and features rare Italian inlaid marble, gilded mold-
ings, and hand-painted ceiling murals.
Though unable to confirm, rumors persist that Fleur de Lys was recently acquired by singer- songwriter, record producer and actress, Mariah Carey. Pictured below are two images of the stately entrance facade.
The grand entrance hall pictured at right and below features an elegant white marble fireplace surround with
ormolu mountings. Tying it all together is an elaborate ceiling de-
sign with gilded moldings, as well as
a white marble floor.
The richly paneled and stained library pictured below, left, features a hand carved fireplace mantle in dark
marble. Conversely, the room pictured be-
low, right, features white enameled paneling with gilded accents and an elegant fireplace surround in a lighter-colored marble. Note the elaborate fire screens in front of each of the marble fireplace mantle surrounds.
The image that follows features one of the home's living room areas. A beautiful Italian white statuary marble fireplace mantle surround provides the focal point in this room.
Pictured at right is one of the home's dining areas, which features a hooded stone fireplace surround. The
tuan ballroom, pictured below, in-
cludes a dark marble fireplace surround with a soaring arched overmantle that frames a mirror. Framing the entire composition is a pair of classic Ionic columns with gilded capitals.
The bed in the master bedroom suite, pictured below, is modeled after the bed of Marie Antoinette at Versailles. Once again, the room features an elegant marble fireplace surround with an overmantel mirror in an elaborate arched frame.
Outside, the property features a 70 foot swimming pool and spa, a part of which is shown in the lower right corner of the image that follows.
Included in the outdoor pool area is a Classically-inspired pool house, pic-
tured below. Centered on the back wall is a stone fireplace mantle sur-
A close-up view of the pool house fireplace shows the hand carved de-
tailing beneath the mantle shelf.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Preziose Photography
And finally, a couple of parting shots feature two more images of the stately entrance facade. Whether captured in daylight or twilight, the photos reveal a present-day masterpiece of Beaux-Arts design!
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