Wall St Journal: Historic Mediterranean in Stuart for sale, built by Carnegie family

The ceiling in the great room rises about 22 feet. A balcony on the second story runs across three sides of the room. (Source: Wall St Journal)

Originally built by the Carnegie family in the 1920’s, this grand residence was designed in the Mizner style with pecky cypress woodwork, exposed beams, archways, fireplaces and original ironwork. A gracious foyer leads you to the grand living hall with a 22′ ceiling, which then opens out to the sprawling sunroom to take advantage of the stunning St. Lucie River views and endless sunsets. Formal dining with fireplace, billiard room, ice cream parlor and the many other inviting spaces grace the home in the tradition of the era. Over 2 acres, guest cottage, 3 car garage and endless gardens with pathways to lead you to the pool, terraced grounds, white sandy beach and down to the dock with 222 ft. on the River.

The owners, Kay and John Ziegler, bought this 1920s Mediterranean-style home in Stuart for $1.8 million in 1995, according to public records. The roughly 8,170-square-foot home sits back from more than 220 feet of water frontage and a deep-water dock. The owners have also added formal and informal gardens to the property, including citrus, mango and avocado trees.

Mr. Ziegler, 80, is a former president of the National Hockey League. Mrs. Ziegler, 66, retired about 10 years ago from the antique appraisal business in New York, she said. The home was built in the style of Addison Mizner, an influential architect in the development of South Florida’s style, particularly with Mediterranean design. Some of the home’s original details include pecky cypress woodwork in the great room. Large palladian windows open to the sunroom.

Flooring throughout the home is mostly oak or heart of pine, Mrs. Ziegler said. The ceiling in the great room rises about 22 feet, she said. A balcony on the second story runs across three sides of the room.

Mrs. Ziegler credits a previous owner with the preservation of original details in parts of the home and relevant technological upgrades elsewhere. The kitchen features pecky cypress cabinets, terra cotta flooring and handmade tile countertops.

There are five wood-burning fireplaces in the home, all of which the couple have used.

Some of the less conventional features in the home that were present when the couple bought it include an ice cream parlor with built-in equipment, near the billiards room. Mrs. Ziegler does not know if the equipment still works, but says they have had ice cream-themed parties in the room. The equipment is included in the sale.

The rear of the property includes a sandy beach, which Mrs. Ziegler says is natural to the property.

The couple is selling the home, because “after 20 years, it’s just time to make a change,” Mrs. Ziegler said, noting that it’s a large space for the two of them. They plan to stay in the area after the sale.

The property was listed for $4.995 million in February with Debra Duvall of Water Pointe Realty Group.

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