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'La Leopolda: A Description by Ogden Codman Architect and Owner 1939'

Exceedingly scarce thus,

Paris, N.R Money Editeur

1987 2nd edition

'Villa 'La Leopolda: A Description'

Originally privately published in 1939 w/ 22 pp profusely illustrated w/ b&w photos and floor plans.

This spectacular villa named after King Leopold II of Belgium, who once owned the 18 acre estate, was built by the noted Boston society architect Ogden Codman from 1929 to 1931 which he created by assembling a number of vernacular structures and their sites in the French Riviera resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

It is his 'masterpiece', the finest surviving expression of his esthetic, invoking the style of the Belle Epoque. Subsequent to Gianni & Marella Agnelli, it has been owned since 1988 by Lily Safra (widow of Brazilian banker Edmond) who commissioned Renzo Mongiardino as interior designer while the second-floor bedrooms were decorated by Mica Ertegun.

It has since been registered as a french 'monument historique'.

It was also glamorously featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 classic film

'To Catch a Thief' starring Cary Grant & Grace Kelly.


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