A. Everett Austin Facade House in Hartford, Connecticut

Arthur Everett "Chick" Austin, Jr. is best known as the celebrated director and caretaker of the Wadsworth Atheneum art museum, but his home equally noteworthy, not for its extravagance, but for the fact that it is little more than a pasteboard fake.

Austin took inspiration for his unique home from the Italian villas of architect Andrea Palladio, classically styled edifices that incorporate a columned style. The Connecticut faux-manse was built in 1930 to Austin's strange specification...

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