Camuto’s Villa Maria

In the early 1900s, shipyard magnate Edward P. Morse built a magnificent 21,000 square foot Victorian retreat, in Long Island. The 15 acre estate then fell into the hands of Roman Catholic nuns who used it as a school, then as a retirement home and finally a spiritual center. 70 years later and after its return to the market, footwear mastermind Vince Camuto and his wife Louise took over the decaying property and restored Villa Maria to its original glory. And oh, how glorious it is. With so much of its original character preserved, the Camutos have added just the right amount of modernity to this majestic manor.

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(images from Architectural Digest)

 

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26 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Wow this house looks impressive. I have to admit I’m jealous that I don’t live in there. It’s really a dream 😀

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  2. Laura wrote:

    Amazing pics !
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    Love from Paris

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  3. Reptilia wrote:

    Woww, this place is amazing!! The interior design is beautiful and classic!
    LOVE!

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    xx

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  4. Rachelle wrote:

    This is my dream interior love this.

    xo
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  5. STEL STYLE wrote:

    Amazing house!!

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  6. I just read an article about this home recently.
    It’s pretty spectacular! Love the way they have incorporated the old and the new.
    Beautiful!!
    xo Quinn

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  7. Stunning!!!

    My Fantabulous World

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  8. The Fashion Fraction wrote:
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  9. Thanks for sharing these images. Stunning place and so glad they restored it instead of tearing it down.

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  10. Ambyr wrote:

    This is insanely gorgeous. Would be a beautiful wedding venue. I really love how white each room is with a bold, pop of color using flowers. So beautiful.

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  11. Wow…gorgeous house!

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  12. This is a dream space. Absolutely stunning! So so beautiful, I am so happy they restored it!

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  13. Denisa wrote:

    Perfect place. .Looks so nice.

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  14. Wow, breathtaking. Would be nice if they opened it for public to tour – such a historic mansion……

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  15. Oh god I’m having some major house envy right now!

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  16. i.s. wrote:

    so so gorgeous x
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  17. Not bad at all! I love most the modern parts – such a cosy place!

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    6.25.13
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  18. Amrita wrote:

    It reminds me of Gatsby’s home…(sigh)

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  19. Tra Mi wrote:

    It really is gorgeous.

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  20. Guven wrote:

    I wanna live there! You made my day. 😉
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    9.13.13
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  21. South West wrote:

    This home is goreous but totally impractical. All that white is just a nightmare to live with and keep pristine. and theres nothing uglier than dirty white. This is a show offs house. Personally I prefer homely comfort and a bit of clutter to show signs of LIFE. Showhouse.

    10.8.13
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