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 restored this fabulous 1920s pool house on the former estate of the family that owned Hess’s department store in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The pool house exudes authentic Hollywood Regency glamor. Restoring the pavilion’s original ‘thimble’ ceiling was truly a labor of love.
For Carl, a wonderful part of this restoration and partial reinvention was restoring the stunning murals by the fabled decorative artist Jeremiah Goodman.