A Romantic Villa Rich in History

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The Inspiration

The Italian Renaissance architecture of Villa Lancellotti in Frascati, Italy dating from 1592 was the inspiration for the Nester Villa, built in 1910 in Geneva, New York.

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY

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 Weinrichter and shows a close collaboration between the architects and landscape designers.

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Nester Estate built 1910
future home of Geneva On The Lake

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View of the original Nester Estate gardens with Seneca Lake in the background.
circa late 1930’s
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The Monastery Years 1949 – 1974

The Franciscan Capuchins acquired the estate. In 1949 the monks added the South wing as a chapel and classrooms and the north wing as a dormitory and dining room.

Monastery Construction in Progress
Monastery Construction in Progress
The Chapel During the Monastery Days
The Chapel During the Monastery Days
Capuchin Monk in Doorway Overlooking Formal Garden and Seneca Lake
Capuchin Monk in Doorway Overlooking Formal Garden and Seneca Lake
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Tony Bennett’s visit to the monastery
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The Vacant Years 1974 – 1979

After the monks left, the estate’s buildings and grounds fell into disrepair.

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The Renovation Years 1979 – 1981

In 1979 and 1981 two brothers, developer and builder, Norbert Schickel and artist designer, William Schickel founded Geneva On The Lake and completely renovated the property. Geneva on the Lake opened to guests on Thanksgiving Day 1981 as an elegant small resort, a place of hospitality.

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.

Geneva On The Lake – Designers of the Renovation 1979 – 80
Schickel Design & Devel. Co., Loveland Oh. & Ithaca, N.Y.
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. 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.

He has 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 & designed objects in major museums, including The Smithsonian and Brooklyn 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.

Construction | Geneva on the Lake
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Elegant Small Resort Opens 1981

With renovation complete Geneva On The Lake opens to guests on Thanksgiving Day 1981.

Elegant-resort-1 | Geneva on the Lake
Outdoor eating | Geneva on the Lake
Lancellotti dining | Geneva on the Lake
Bills-Camera-All-Pictures | Geneva on the Lake
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The New Owners 1995 – Present

Alfred and Aminy Audi and Family, who also own L. & J.G. Stickley Inc., purchased the resort in 1995. Since then the guest suites and common spaces have been redecorated and updated continuously. The 29 guest accommodations are each furnished with Stickley and appointed for the peace and comfort, rest and relaxation of each guest.

The following is a letter from the Audi family to the staff at Geneva On The Lake

Stickley-Letter-with-Border | Geneva on the Lake
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Geneva On The Lake Today

Dianna Hart Photography | Geneva on the Lake
Musicians playing | Geneva on the Lake
Pool Gardens Villa | Geneva on the Lake
Lake view on the bench | Geneva on the lake
Waitress with glasses | Geneva on the Lake
Bugatti 081 | Geneva on the Lake