Palos Verdes Palladian

Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) based his work on the symmetry, perspective and design of Greek and Roman temples. For 500 years, Palladio’s principles have influenced classical design throughout the world.

With its attention to detail, this 8,100 sq. ft. home, designed 30 years ago by architect George Sweeney for a steep hillside lot with sweeping sunrise to sunset views, is a prime example of this architectural style. Built of large rectangular stone blocks, it is entered through a Roman portico with a pediment supported by four Corinthian columns. 

Inside, the two-story octagonal rotunda is topped by an octagonal dome. English artist Paul Roberts painted the ceiling with a mural of the afternoon sky, seagulls and flamingos. A dramatic living room to the left is balanced by a wood-paneled English-themed den to the right. 

Straight ahead is the entrance to the wide galleria with its wall of arched French doors. The galleria ends in a comfortable family room with multiple seating areas, including a pillow-laden couch hugging the contours of a bright half-octagonal alcove. Overlooking the balustraded pool courtyard, domed pavilion and marble statue of David, this is the homeowner’s favorite spot to relax with a good book.