Originally built in 1927 by George Wofford and designed by Charles McCauley, The Wofford Villa is one of the most esteemed homes in Birmingham. Expertly situated on a 3.64-acre lot, Mr. Wofford spared no expense when building this masterpiece. He brought in Italian artisans to paint murals on canvas walls and frescos inset with precious stones. The finest craftsmen hand carved the coffered ceilings and doors. This special home is exquisite and offers all the modern amenities to be comfortable. The Villa was updated in 2006 when it was used as the Decorator’s Showhouse.
The estate boasts almost 11,500 square feet and 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and two half baths, a six-car garage, pool house and back house. Take a tour of the Wofford Villa below, listed by Margaret Camp and Susannah Camp with Ray & Poynor.
A hand laid, brick driveway which leads to the Grand Veranda invites guests inside the spacious Italian Villa. The original solid, hand-carved front door opens to an elegant Foyer reminiscent of the time period in which the home was built. The jeweled and gold leaf painting by Italian artist Henri G. Courtais depicts the genealogy of Christ in the images of four of the apostles, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, framing the doorway into the office.
The casual but elegant den provides a gathering space just off the kitchen and breakfast area. The coffered ceiling and soft-colored wall tones add to the warmth provided by the ambiance of the double fireplace. The den is a lovely place to gather with friends and family, read a book, or watch a movie.
The updated kitchen and breakfast area is bright and spacious. Two islands with beveled, Calacatta marble countertops add distinction and lightness. The distressed wood ceiling completes the authentic Italian feel of this creative space.
To the left of the foyer sits the exquisite dining room. The hand-carved, wood ceiling and Italian marble fireplace make this space warm and inviting to enjoy a magnificent meal and conversation.
After a gathering for a meal, adjourn to the Great Hall. The original hand-carved, hand-painted ceiling is sure to be a conversation starter alongside the grand fireplace and beautiful view.
Through the hand-carved double doors sits the elegant library. Wooden bookshelves, complete with sliding ladder, add comfort and are reminiscent of a former time. Another elegant fireplace adorns this room, and French doors lead to the outdoor terrace. At the opposite end, a music alcove with fountain exhibits an original mural on canvas depicting the art of the period.
The grand stairs with iron banister are a work of art on their own while also serving as a display for other pieces on the large walls. The gallery hall at the top of the stair is another dramatic space perfect for displaying timeless works.
The master bedroom is spacious and inviting with large windows and views of the rear terrace, pool and lawn.
The outdoor terrace and pavilion are open and livable. Twelve stone piers support the decorative iron balustrade. Each pier provides a perfect place for displaying planters with seasonal flowers making this space ideal for outdoor entertaining and al fresco dining. The formal stone architecture of the pavilion provides a relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the views of the surrounding acreage and pool.
The pool and pool house are more recent additions to the estate that enhance the ambiance of this spectacular private retreat. The poolside terrace is an open invitation to relaxed outdoor living. In the pool pavilion, enjoy the cooking station and outdoor fireplace during any season.
The pool house is equipped with a full kitchen, bath, den, and theater room. The coffered ceiling provides a connection to the elegance of the main house. An ideal location for some afternoon or evening fun after a relaxing day at the pool.