Posts made in October, 2012

March 7, 2013 – Mark the date!

I have some news! I’ve been asked by the Longboat Key Historical Society to give a presentation about one of my favorite subjects… Villa am Meer. So, if any of you happen to be on Longboat Key on March 7th, 2013, I invite you to stop by the Community Center and listen to the story of “my house” and the crazy path it started me down about two years ago.

Skip ahead to March 7, 2013 and watch the video of my 2013 presentation to the LBK Historical Society…

As for other Villa am Meer news, I haven’t heard much lately. I know the Historical Society is interested in setting up a walking tour of the property prior to the lecture, so I think they’re trying to figure out how to contact the owner. If you have any information that could help them out, please let me know.

Also, several months ago I received some amazing photos of the Benedict Estate… Hermann and Hertha Kohl’s private estate in Harrison, New York. (The Kohls were the ones who originally built Villa am Meer in 1935.) They lived in the “guest house” on the property, while their daughter and son-in-law (Elena Duke Benedict and Edward “Ben” Benedict) lived in the main house with their six daughters. As you’ll see by the photos, the guest house was plenty spectacular in and of itself. From what I understand, it even had its own attached greenhouse.

View the photos

One more side note. If you have any additional photos or stories to share with me about the Villa am Meer property, please leave a comment below. I’d love to have more photos to share for my presentation. Hope to see you on March 7th!

Kohls' Guest House

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