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Geneva On The Lake Wine Country Villa and Resort

A Brief Architectural History
Geneva On The Lake
Placed on The National Register of Historic Places

The Nester Estate - Original Architects (1910-14)
     Lewis Colt Albro
     Harrie T. Lindeberg

The original Nester Estate is architecturally significant as the work of two important early twentieth century architects of country residences. Both architect's early training was with McKim, Mead and White; Albro from 1895 to 1904, Lindeberg until 1906, when they established a firm of their own which gained a reputation for the design of fine homes such as the Nester villa. The use of marble fireplaces which appear to have been removed from Italian buildings as well as the coffered ceilings and handsomely paneled formal rooms reflect the influence of Stanford White on both architects. The design of the symmetrical gardens on an axis with the villa was the work of the Rochester firm of Pitkin and Weinricher and shows a close collaboration between the architects and landscape designers.

The Capuchin Monastery 1949-74

In 1949 the Capuchin monks added the south wing as a chapel and classrooms and the north wing as a dormitory and dining room.

Geneva On The Lake - Designers of the Renovation 1979-80
   Schickel Design & Development Co., Loveland, OH & Ithaca NY
   Peacock, Garn & Partners, Cincinnati, Ohio
   Bentley, Meisner Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio

The design conception for the renovation of Geneva On The Lake is the work of William Schickel, the principal designer of Schickel Design and Development Co. Mr. Schickel is a nationally recognized designer, responsible for a body of important work throughout the U.S., including: residences, commercial buildings, churches, renovation designs for noted historic structures, major commissions of stained glass works, urban design and condominium developments, paintings, sculptures, artifacts, furniture designs and interiors. Among his current projects are new churches in Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia. He received a Gold Medal and National Honor award for the renovation of the 100 year old Trappist Abbey at Gethsemani, Kentucky, the National Design Review Award for five years, has exhibited stained glass and designed objects in major museums, and is published in Architectural Forum, Architectural Record, and The New York Times Magazine. The architects were peacock, Garn and Partners; and the landscape architects, Bentley, Meisner Associates.

There were two major aims in the conception of the 1980 renovation. First to preserve in every way possible the finest in the architectural form and decorative elements of the original villa. And second, to use these old forms in a new design to create the most modern, comfortable and attractive resort for today's guest.

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