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Pembroke Jones House (Sherwood)
When Pembroke Jones, a wealthy financier and merchant from North Carolina who made his fortune in the rice market, bought a late nineteenth-century cottage owned by the Havemeyer family, he hired the firm of Hoppin and Koen to remodel it as a backdrop for the lavish summer entertaining for which the Joneses were famous. Francis Hoppin, who apprenticed with McKim, Mead and White between 1886
Hoppin's transformation of the older dwelling employed an essentially flat, massive main block to receive ornately carved Adamesque window treatments, decorative relief rondels, and monumental colonnaded porticoes on both the east and west facades. The dominant planarity of the walls echoes an English Georgian precedent, evidently an association that the Joneses were eager to emphasize. This scheme was continued in the arcaded ballroom at the south end of the building, added about eight years later and also designed by Hoppin. Although not professionally linked to this building, another noted architect, John Russell Pope, knew it well, as he later married the Joneses' daughter, Sadie.
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