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seven homes, three swimming pools, a tennis court, a stone tea and dairy house, a Roman pool, a reservoir, a vegetable and flower-cutting garden, stables, and storage buildings. A home made for entertaining, Green Gables has thrown open its doors to welcome European royalty, aspiring U.S. Presidents, senators and congressmen and women, business leaders, and creative luminaries. Last July, it hosted a private party for 1,000 people. “But even with such a large number, it doesn’t feel crowded,” says current resident Marc Fleishhacker, great grandson of Mortimer and Bella Fleishhacker, who created the estate a century ago, and which is still home to a fifth generation of the family. “It’s an estate that lends itself to relaxed gatherings and to the most formal and everything in-between,” he adds.
Green Gables was designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene, iconic architects of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement in America and within the main house, the game room is one of the finest examples of the style featuring hand-carved Greene and Greene furniture as well as extensive paneling depicting the four corners of the world. Not only were these exquisite pieces designed by the Greenes, the brothers actually carved and constructed the works themselves. The original interior was created by famed New York actress and interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, whose clients included Amy Vanderbilt, Anne Morgan, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and although the rooms have since been redesigned, de Wolfe’s original furnishings have been carefully preserved in three of the bedrooms with the beds, dressers, desks, and
Dramatic effect: Two broad gravel paths traverse the lawn of the upper garden to a large lily pond, which reflects the entire garden façade of the house. Another view of the Roman pool ( top right ).
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