New Home with Old World Style

Mediterranean flavor plus Sea Island tradition add up to a new house that blends seamlessly with its established neighbors.

Old New House Exterior
Photo: Jonny Valiant, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

Right at Home

Can one imbue a new house with an old soul? That was the issue confronting Thad Truett, a St. Simons Island-based architect, as he prepared to design an oceanfront home on Sea Island, Georgia.

The homeowners wanted a residence that would echo the brickwork and terra-cotta roofs of Casa Genotta, the 1932 home built by playwright Eugene O’Neill, which sits just two blocks away. This is not the high-style Spanish of Palm Beach, 360 miles to the south, but is instead a more rustic version that marks the northern reach of Spain’s colonization along the Eastern Seaboard.

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