Beverly Hills, Pennsylvania

Appearances can be deceiving. This glamorous 1920s pool house, returned to full Hollywood Regency-style  splendor by Carl D’Aquino and his architect partner Francine Monaco, is not in Los Angeles. It’s in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on the former estate of the family that owned Hess’s, a high-end department store famed for its flamboyance and excitement. Carl’s clients bought the property a few years ago and asked him to bring it back to life. The pool house, crowned with a Neptune’s head, is a highlight of the restoration and partial reinvention. “I love it enough to move right in,” Carl says. We do too.

Carl D'Aquino pool house on the former Hess Estate in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Carl D’Aquino restored this fabulous 1920s pool house on the former estate of the family that owned Hess’s department store in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Carl D'Aquino pool house interior on the former Hess Estate in Allentown, Pennsylvania

The pool house exudes authentic Hollywood Regency glamor. Restoring the pavilion’s original ‘thimble’ ceiling was truly a labor of love.

Carl D'Aquino pool house interior with murals by Jeremiah Goodman on the former Hess Estate in Allentown, Pennsylvania

For Carl, a wonderful part of this restoration and partial reinvention was restoring the stunning murals by the fabled decorative artist Jeremiah Goodman.