House of the Week: Historic Antique Victorian, Holiday Weekend Treasure Hunting, ARF Thrift Shop Designer Showhouse, Save the Date: Grandiflora Garden Tour, Design and Technology Expo: Progression

House of the Week: Historic Antique Victorian

$1.499 million
Annual property taxes: $31,487
457 Bedford Rd, Armonk

This three-story 1880 antique Victorian is brimming with history. According to listing agents Joanna Rizoulis and Amy Smith, the first Catholic Mass in Armonk was held in the carriage house in the early 1900s, it was used as a boarding house in 1910 and, in 1929, it became the first house in Armonk to have plumbing. Its history even precedes the current structure. Apparently, its pre-Revolution foundation upheld an even earlier home that was burned by the British on their retreat from Pound Ridge in 1779 and later replaced by Chauncey Brundage—a descendant of Westchester’s early settlers. “The history is so rich and the home’s interior is so classic with spacious rooms and ceilings that are surprisingly high,” says Rizoulis. “The property is to die for.” Over the years, many historic artifacts have been found on the property, including a preserved honeycomb—now window-sealed for viewing only. Thanks to more than a century of dedicated owners, the property has kept up with the times while retaining its historic charm. Among other restorations/updates, the current owners added period-appropriate crown moldings, removed any existing lead paint, removed and re-sashed every window, replaced the septic tank, upgraded the electrical system to 200 amps, installed three-zone central air conditioning (not easy for a 130-year-old Victorian), and extensively restored the carriage house. They also incorporated some luxury—updated baths and a heated in-ground pool and spa. It’s now time for a kitchen update. To continue the storied property’s evolution, architectural plans for a kitchen renovation and expansion are available and negotiable. For more information, contact Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty listing agents Joanna Rizoulis at (917) 359-7885 and Amy Smith (914) 523-0678 or visit


Holiday Weekend Treasure Hunting

If your Memorial Day weekend isn’t completely committed, the three-day weekend is packed with options—a perfect time to take a leisurely drive and return with treasures to give your home décor new life. Here are just two possibilities:

Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green

Montauk Village Green - Montauk, NY

Head to Montauk on Long Island (considered the “darling of the Hamptons”), for some serious art courtesy of the Montauk Artists Association’s annual international fine art festival. You’ll find juried fine art 2-D paintings (all mediums), graphics, prints, photography, 3-D sculpture (including outdoor garden and tabletop), ceramics, and unique fiber artwork and jewelry—all presented and sold directly by more than 80 artists who practice their crafts worldwide. The free rain or shine event runs from noon to 6 pm on Friday, May 25;  and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at the Montauk Village Green (742 Montauk Hwy) in the heart of downtown Montauk. For more information, call (631) 668-5336, e-mail, or visit where you also can browse the list of participating artists. 


27th Lasdon Memorial Day Antiques Fair and Plant Sale

Photo: courtesy of Cord Shows Ltd

Dragon Ship Model from Tawny Owl Antiques.

Browse through up to 85 booths of the latest and trendy art and authentic antiques at the 27th annual Lasdon Memorial Day Antiques Fair from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday, May 28, at Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial, 2610 Amawalk Rd (Rte 35) in Katonah. Enjoy tasty edibles and live music while you explore the colorful cross-section of fascinating finds in all price ranges, including 19th century furniture and accessories, art pottery, vintage toys and tools, English coronation collectibles, Oriental carpets—you name it. Organized by Armonk-based Cord Shows Ltd, the rain or shine event also is an excellent opportunity to have your own antiques and collectibles professionally appraised by the renowned Jay St. Mark at $5 per item. A plant sale that runs simultaneously will benefit Friends of Lasdon. The $7 admission fee (free for children under 13) will benefit the Glass House Fund at Lasdon. For more information, call (914) 273-4667 or visit


Photo by Durell Godfery

Interior decorator Alex Papachristidis shown last year


ARF Thrift Shop Designer Showhouse

If you do venture to Montauk, while you explore, consider stopping by the second annual Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) Thrift Shop Designer Showhouse (17 Montauk Hwy, Sagaponack) on Sunday, May 27, or Monday, May 28, when the shop will be transformed into 11 stunning rooms designed by celebrated interior decorators, each room incorporating thrift-shop items donated from the designers’ own collections. Participating top designers include Jeffery Howard Brodersen, Nancy Corzine, Gary Crain and James Alan Smith, Michael Grim, Gigi Mahon, Jeff Pfeifle, Scott Salvator, Rob Southern, and Tony Urrutia. Better yet, all furnishings are for sale and can be incorporated into your own home. And, if you’re interested in socializing and getting a design preview, attending the preview cocktail party at 6 pm on Saturday, May 26, is also an option for $150. All proceeds benefit the ARF’s life-saving work to find loving homes for animals in need. The downside: All purchases must stay in place until Tuesday, May 29. A $10 donation is suggested (children attend free) on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (631) 537-0400, ext. 216, or visit


Save the Date: Grandiflora Garden Tour

Photo courtesy of Garden Education Center of Greenwich

Grandiflora Garden Tour: Glamour in the Garden, the Garden Education Center’s annual garden tour and one of the organization’s main fundraisers, is just around the corner. The June 7 self-guided tour of fabulous Greenwich, Connecticut, gardens not normally open to the public starts at 10 am, rain or shine, at the Garden Education Center (130 Bible St, Cos Cob, CT) and continues to 4 pm. Tickets range from $75 for the tour alone or $150 for the tour and a country club lunch to $1,000 for an exclusive guided bus tour of the gardens with Philip Watson. Call (203) 869-9242, e-mail, or visit to learn more or purchase tickets.


Design and Technology Expo: Progression

If you’re an area architect interested in showcasing your products and services at this year’s Design and Technology Expo: Progression sponsored by American Institute of Architects Westchester Hudson Valley chapter, you don’t want to miss the early bird registration that runs through May 31. The main event (open to the public) is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Westchester Marriott (670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown). Watch this space for more on this event, including a complete event schedule. For more information, call the AIAWHV chapter at (914) 232-7240 or visit

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White Plains resident and writer Karen Odom has a passion for interesting architecture, especially when architecture and history collide. Her extensive experience as a real estate feature writer has led her in an around Westchester's distinctive homes uncovering the fascinating stories behind the houses, their owners, architects, and designers with awe, admiration, and more than just a little amazing curiosity.

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