Villa Maria, a historic residence in Water Mill, New York

Villa Maria's entrance hall

Villa Maria's living room

Villa Maria's dining room

Villa Maria's breakfast room

Villa Maria's Kitchen

Villa Maria's master suite

Villa Maria's sandstone-paved pool terrace

Fashion entrepreneur Vince Camuto and his wife and business partner, Louise, 
restore Villa Maria—one of Long Island’s most majestic homes, with an enchanting waterfront setting—to its original grandeur.

The property originally (1910) belonged to a WWI noble, Edward P. Morse and his wife Ada, which was later enlarged to a 21,000 square foot by Architect Frank Freeman
overlooked the Mecox Bay.   Mr. Morse, was a gentleman who enjoyed flauting his riches, but unfortunately this was short lived.  Within 10 years after construction completion, the 
Morses decided to sell.  It eventually ended up in the hands of Roman Catholic nuns, who reamined in the 15-acre estate for over 7 decades, using the property as a 
school, then as a retirement home, and, finally, as a spiritual center.

When the house was placed back on the market in 2005, it had fallen on hard times. 
Enters, Camuto and his wife, Louise.  They were smitten with the property and thought 
there is "something magical about" this place". 
To revive Villa Maria, the Camutos called on New York City architect Andre Tchelistcheff, with whom they had worked with before on other residetial and commercial properties. 
The restoration took four years, including the extensive deployment of period-sensitive materials, ranged from replacing the clunky wood balustrade of the central staircase with a regal sweep of wrought iron to constructing a cupolaed carriage house attached to the main building via a glass-walled loggia.

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