A large white mansion with a driveway and trees.

Villa Maria

This sprawling estate was conceived in the late 1880s and named Red Gables after the color of its shingled roof, but most of its architectural development occurred in 1919 when it became the grandiose vision of shipping magnate Edward P. Morse. Sitting proudly on the edge of Mecox Bay, the home (renamed Grey Gables in keeping with its new roof) flaunted Morse’s wealth and would remain a symbol of the times until the 1930s.

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