Jaquelin T. Robertson, FAIA AICP
Principal, Cooper, Robertson&Partners, New York
The notion was to design a big house with surrounding buildings, or dependencies, that became a club.
The Main Club House, if you will, is the great manor house of the complex. The Bath & Tennis Club, which is across Club Lane, is much more informal; precisely the kind of relationship you would have found in one of the great plantation villages of yesterday.
We did spend a lot of time on architectural and landscape details that some may consider small. But all of us involved in this development believe profoundly that over time, quality, rooted in our finest traditions, still proves the best value. And through the years, those who find their way to New Albany will stop and reflect on what we’ve done. “My God, at last.”
Keith B. Irvine
Partner, Irvine & Fleming, Inc., New York
The marriage between the outside appearance and the interior finish has to be a natural one.
Outside, everything is detailed in a marvelous way, the choice of the brick, the trim, the proportions – it’s all faithful to American Georgian. It’s a continuation of a classical tradition that started 500 years ago.
The Club House is designed as a grand old manor house, an elegant home for the country gentry. At the same time, it has to be very comfortable and inviting. We’re melding two moments in time – the 18th and 20th centuries – and making them work together.