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In Fine Style: The Art of Architecture - Ladue News: Design

In Fine Style: The Art of Architecture

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 pm

I am always amazed at people who can have a successful career for many years and then quite unexpectedly reinvent themselves in what appears to be an unrelated field. Could you imagine that a couple who owned and ran a biotech company for many years would become high-end property developers? Liz and Ron Gingerich are that couple. They took their problem-solving skills to a new level, the 17th to be exact, designing and executing the finish of one of the penthouses at Maryland Walk.

Attention to detail is clearly shown in all aspects of this project. For the Gingeriches, the interesting part of what they do is being able to recreate architectural elements that they love at a very high craftsman-skill level for those who can truly appreciate them. Having already completed a penthouse in The Crescent, as well as partially finishing another at Maryland Walk, design execution is becoming their habit, not just their joy.

A well-traveled couple (they cruised around the world for their honeymoon), they have taken note of architectural designs and details during their excursions and figured out how to painstakingly incorporate the appropriate elements in the high-end finishes of this particular residence in the sky.

The foyer needs no architectural frills as the wall of glass on the west and south side gives all of the wow factor you could ask for. A stunning vista simply takes your breath away!

The dining room’s eastern wall has a subtle curve that resonates with the recessed oval silver leaf lit cove in the ceiling. A crystal chandelier sparkles against the Venetian plaster walls.

Groin vaults accentuate the long hallway that is the access to the study, master suite, guest room, media room and powder room. This architectural detail that is centuries old rarely is found in newer construction.

The living areas and kitchen have trellised coffered ceilings that visually expand the eye to the large expansive windows overlooking the views to the west and north.

The kitchen can best be described as bespoke. The cabinetry is so well detailed, you almost forget you are in a kitchen. Strategically placed mirrored elements on cabinets reflect the expansive views of the city.

Meanwhile master bedroom has one of the most interesting cove ceilings I have ever encountered. Almost pillow-shaped, this detail adds a soft element to a square room.

The master bath is a symphony of detail in subtle shades of cream and grey, with carrera marble designs that both stun and relax.

The patterned floors speak quietly to the visitor. Whether hardwoods, carpeting or stone, the patterns of the floor create warmth and intrigue. As with any well-designed space, texture is a major component in the equation of the finished space.

The palette is neutral for several reasons, most importantly among them: The architecture really takes the lead in this space when the visitor is not overwhelmed by strong colors.

This residence currently is on the market, and is listed through Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty.

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