New Vision Of The Old South
The gracious style of the antebellum era inspires a welcoming family
home in Windsor.
Photography By M. James Northen
The western facade of the Metzler house exhibits its Southern influence in the rows of columns on the wide porches and the live oak tree which provides shade. Intoxicating Confederate jasmine encases the lower columns.
In the midst of the village of Windsor stands a spacious and stately house which quietly and appropriately manifests its Southern antecedents. One of a handful of three-story structures there, the house commands a corner by a generous green space and looks west over the golf course. Since its completion in 2003, the house has been the scene of leisurely Sunday brunches, ladies’ bridge afternoons, book club meetings, lively dinner parties and pool frolics by the owners’ grandchildren.
In the summer of 1996, Barbara Metzler’s artistic eye zeroed in on the photo of a house in Unique Homes magazine. She noted the house was in a community called Windsor in Vero Beach. She mentioned to her husband, Richard, that if they ever got to Florida she’d like to check out the place.
That fall, the Metzlers flew from Chicago to Palm Beach on business, subsequently traveling north to see Windsor. They were impressed with the architecture, the landscaping and the village concept, and like others before them found Windsor appealing because it did not look typically Floridian.
Read the entire article in the May 2011 issue