i thoroughly enjoy all of my “mds interviews”, who wouldn’t love the opportunity to get to know more about all these greats that inspire and create so much beauty…
i have especially loved doing this interview with the great gil schafer, not just because i’m a huge admirer of his work, but also because of his level of engagement throughout the interview process. his answers, his direction, his thoughtfulness, his communication and the body of photographs provided has made this very easy. this says something…. it tells me he is all about the details, it’s no wonder that his and architecture is so precise, beautiful, and perfect!
gil has a lot going on right now- amazing things! he is working on both renovation/restoration and new construction; in a variety of scales; that stretch geographically from New York City and the surrounding countryside to Northern California; from Maine down to southern Georgia; and he’s also working with a client on the design of a house in South America.
i found all the details on what he doing and working on fascinating and exciting…. i have to share…
he just finished renovating a charming cottage in Marin County and is just starting the design for the restoration of a grand Italianate house in Presidio Heights in San Francisco. he’s also final stages of the gut renovation of a large apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York…. he’s also in the midst of restoring an exuberant late 19th century Queen Anne-style mansion in coastal Maine, as well as, construction of a new colonial revival house on the Navesink River in New Jersey. he’s designing a new family compound on Lake Champlain in Vermont and just finished a new “camp” on Lake Placid in the Adirondacks.
Down in southern Georgia, he’s just about to break ground on a new residence that will be the centerpiece of a large hunting plantation… and he’s just begun construction of a new late-Georgian style stone weekend house in the Hudson Valley. And out in the Hamptons, he and his team are in the final months of the extensive restoration of a charming turn-of-the-century shingle style cottage and carriage barn, and just starting the design of a new family compound there as well….. i told you everything gil is doing is very exciting, actually it’s remarkable!
here is part 2 of my interview with gil- i love the second day of the interview, because i get to ask all my favorite people about all of their favorite things… one of my favorite things, if not my favorite thing is gil’s new book, the great american house/ buy here.
thank you gil for taking the time out of your busy schedule and taking a break from all your amazing projects to do this interview… and thank you for doing it so thoughtfully…. it says a lot!