Mansion Built Like a Ship in Exclusive Sister Bay, Wis.
In 1999 architect Richard Bos was commissioned to build a mansion that resembled a ship in the gated community of Marshall's Point. Two years later, La Maison des Deux Fleurs — House of the Two Flowers — was completed to dazzling effect.
The owner, a longtime yachtsman, wanted to build a "perfect" house on his coveted lakefront property in Marshall’s Point, a 1,000-acre wooded peninsula in Sister Bay. It's one of only 31 homesites available, each with 10 acres of land in the waterfront gated community. When you step inside it just might ignite a review of your bucket list. Have you checked off "dream house" yet? No? Well allow this Richard Bos-designed Cape Cod-meets-Frank Lloyd Wright home in Door County to act as a gentle nudge.
The setting is a sliver of loamy, otherworldly enchantment. La Maison des Deux Fleurs is on 21 prime acres (the postal address is on Marshall's Point Road in Liberty Grove) with 740 feet of shoreline. The 4-bedroom, 4-bath, custom 14,000-square-foot estate has muscular lines, a nautical theme and melds into the surrounding woodsy environs. Residents share 500 acres of common areas: tennis courts, horse stables, a pond that converts to an ice rink during winter. It's a protected preserve and haven for the naturalist; there's a boreal forest heavy with white spruce, balsam fir, white cedar and limestone rock beds. Road signs caution drivers that deer, ducks and turtles have the right of way, too.
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The lighting scheme is pure homage to Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago-based interior designer Glen Lusby worked with Door County's Celeste Wegman to create rooms that suggest a sailing vessel, paring ideas down to simple and organic forms that mimic the surrounding surf, turf and timber. The three guest rooms and romantic master suite are on the first floor. And for a convenient alternative to intemperate weather, they built a three-season room to keep you active year-round.
The second-floor foyer has an "overlook" area where you can linger on the view of Lake Michigan and the woods or get a close-up on the craftsmanship and details of the ceiling work. Art lover? We thought so. Two galleries are ready to hang your Impressionists' collection. Music lover? There's a room for that and a wine room, too. We're smitten with the stone fireplace and the heart-of-pine flooring in the "Inglenook," a recessed cubby just off the entry foyer. Yeah, this is a bucket list house.