Construction began on the house in 1920 and took nearly 20 years to complete. The land was given to Frederic by his father-in-law, but then his wife died in 1925. In 1931, he married Evelyn Fortune Lilly. She lived to be 109. Her last visit to the house was in 1995 at the age of 107.
|Door to the house and the tour guide.|
|Entering the courtyard.|
|Fountain in the center of the courtyard.|
|Outside of house in the courtyard.|
|Evelyn collected wooden animals.|
|Painting by Frederic|
|Shell work done by Frederic|
|Ceiling in part of the courtyard. Painted by Frederic and Evelyn.|
Frederic had a stroke after being on his knees for days painting a floor at the age of 77. Mama said it was sad standing on his last piece of work and knowing that he was unable to speak or paint for the last three years of his life.
|There were always two swans that lived here.|
|Lots of these guys running around.|
|Path to the beach. When the house was built, there were no trees blocking the view of the beach.|
Mama was surprised to learn that Ali Wentworth, wife of George Stephanopoulos, is the great, great grand-daughter of Frederic. That is what the tour guide said, but we couldn't find anything on the Internet to back that up. Mama thinks Ali is a hoot.
The folks enjoyed the tour and were very happy that it was only $20 instead of the normal $40. Mama says it was worth $20, but not so sure about the $40.
The Greyhound Who Thinks That $20 That Dad Saved Should Be Spent On Him And No Dad, The Food You Bought Me Yesterday Does Not Count