By Elaine Ubiña
Photographs by ChiChi Ubiña

A French Normandy-style manor built with a touch of local quarried stone. The brothers, J. Alden and Quentin Twachtman were the architects of this Greenwich landmark home. Famous for their architecture in the late 1920s, the Twachtman brothers built over 20 houses in Greenwich. Their influence was the nature that surrounds these homes. It is the landscape that is famously captured in their father, John Henry Twachtman’s American Impressionist paintings.

The house was built in 1928 and originally owned by an Austrian princess, who designed the gardens. Tim Paterson, of Highland Design, Inc. updated the gardens for the current owners. He was born and raised in Scotland and trained at St. Andrews University, Edinburgh University School of Landscape Architecture and the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. His team is known for creating many residential landscapes throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, and from Nantucket, MA. to La Jolla, CA. They have also landscaped and consulted on major projects for country clubs and private schools in Connecticut and New York.

“I grew up in Greenwich and have loved living in a part of Greenwich history for 26 years,” says the homeowner. “The setting is very relaxing and we love to eat dinner outside on our terrace. Whether you are reading a book around the pool or entertaining outside on the terrace, it provides a beautiful and serene landscape. The fountain has been there forever and it’s so calming to hear the sound of water.”

The property and quiet neighborhood were the draw to the house, as well as the closeness to town. When asked about the challenges of keeping up a garden like this, “maintaining the grounds is a challenge. We are fortunate to have Vincent Schiro taking care of the property and he does an amazing job. He sculpts all the boxwoods and keeps the grass looking like a golf course.”