This townhouse, built in 1995, was the last townhouse Gorlin designed for Seaside to date. Its design took its inspiration from a source completely different from any of Gorlin’s other projects in Seaside: New Orleans French Quarter vernacular. Taking a corner lot on Ruskin Place afforded a myriad of views and Gorlin took full advantage, with more windows than walls on all three facades. Tall oversize French doors framed by plantation shutters line the walls and allow the owners to fully open themselves to the light and views or to fully close themselves off from the outside. Stepped and terraced facades in the back are another shared characteristic of French architecture. A central stair provides circulation from the living floor to the private floor above; to further maximize views, the stair continues to a rooftop belvedere where a smaller spiral stair ascends to a final platform with a hot tub where one can take full advantage of a panoramic view of the city and the sea.
By Katlyn M. Springstead
Nestled in the Southeastern corner of Ruskin Place stands the Southern gem designed by Alexander Gorlin at 201 Ruskin Place. Cleverly named “Maison deVolette,” meaning “Flutter House” in French, this home closely resembles the character of the French Quarter in New Orleans. This Seaside home earns its title as the “Maison deVolette” with tall French windows and tall shutters that resemble wings, creating “fluttering façades.”
If one follows the pathway located to the right of the house, one will discover a charming transition from the serene, shaded façade facing Ruskin Place to a side elevation bathed in light. The side elevation is long with a generous display of windows allowing a deluge of Southern light into the home.
The “Maison deVolette,” constructed primarily of concrete and wood, is topped with a lovely roof terrace with hot tub. This displays just one example of the unique, yet simple, Southern charms and comforts which characterize Seaside.
By Katherine Gaston