Tangley Oaks exemplifies the Terlato family's commitment to quality. This gracious English manor home was acquired by the Terlato Wine Group in 1995 to serve as its corporate headquarters and to house the Group's flagship company, Terlato Wines International, the leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States. One year after its purchase, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Originally commissioned in 1916 by meat packing heir Philip D. Armour, III and his wife Gwendolen Condon, the couple hired architect Harrie T. Lindeberg to create their dream home, "Tangley Oaks." Lindeberg had created residences for several other American families: the Pillsburys, the Vanderbilts and the DuPonts, as well as for the famed soprano Amelita Galli-Curci. Construction of Tangley Oaks began in 1916 and, after an interruption as a result of World War I, was completed in 1932. During that time, Lindeberg and the Armours made several trips to Europe for materials, art and furnishings, which completed the house as an overall work of art. Like all authentic Tudor Gothic buildings, the mansion is made of brick and poured concrete floors with a tile roof. There are 61 rooms, 100 closets, 15 bathrooms and nine fireplaces, seven of which are functional. Tangley Oaks is 384 feet long, three stories tall and has 26,000 square feet of living space. Many of the furnishings are European antiques that were originally purchased for the home by the Armours. The Armour family occupied the house from 1932 to 1953. In 1953 the building was sold to publishing house United Educators, Inc., which was headquartered in the manor until 1994.
The Terlato's Restoration
The Terlatos wished to bring the mansion back to its original architectural integrity and commissioned Thomas Rajkovich, an architect and Lindeberg Scholar, to conduct the restoration of the mansion. Throughout the years, Tangley Oaks had seen many changes and modifications to its original structure. With the help of Rajkovich, walls were reconstructed in their original positions, historic wallpapers were restored to their once vibrant colors, and any new interior paint colors were specially selected from a specific palette approved by the British National Trust for Historic Properties. Period furniture and Oriental rugs, originally purchased by the Armours for Tangley Oaks and sold to the Davis family, were purchased by the Terlato family. Over 100 pieces of original furniture and over 20 Oriental rugs were restored and returned to Tangley Oaks by the Terlato family. The renovation also included the addition of a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen designed by Master Chef Jean Joho of the Everest (Chicago) and Eiffel Tower ( Las Vegas) restaurants. The kitchen is used daily by Terlato Wines International's executive chef to prepare meals for distinguished guests from around the world, including winemakers, winery owners, restaurateurs and retailers, journalists, and business and political leaders.
Tangley Oaks is said to be one of the finest reproductions of Tudor Gothic manor homes in America. It is a composition of architecture, decorative arts and landscape — a complete work of art.