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No Judgement, Plenty of Deliberation

Space for the wet bar was made by taking square footage from the garage.

In the bar room, a giclée on canvas print by noted Provincetown artist Anne Packard shares a wall with a Rembrandt etching made from a plate authorized by the Dutch artist, while signed prints by Miro adorn other of the home’s spaces. In the main bedroom, a signed Erté lithograph does service as a significant nod to the couple’s penchant for Art Deco, which can also be found in some of the residence’s lighting.

Exquisite glass objets d’art throughout add incredible interest and dimension of their own. Baccarat, Steuben, and Lalique bowls, sculptures, and lighting can be found in almost every room. One particularly arresting Baccarat lamp base rests on an occasional table in the bar room, while nearby on the coffee table sits an antique bowl made by a student of Madame Lalique herself. A vase on the piano is a Steuben, while a Lalique collection of angels purchased in support of AIDS research graces the main room’s coffee table, alongside a bowl by Dale Chihuly. 

“Lew and I love glass as a medium,” Kress says. “It captures both color and light and makes light bounce around the room in wonderful ways.”

Paul Kress (left), Lew Gordon, and Lew’s 96-year-old mother enjoy cocktails by the warmth of the fire pit.

But what the couple love most about the house is that serendipitously, the pandemic has grounded them there, and they have gotten to enjoy it in a way they otherwise wouldn’t have. 

“The summer of 2019 is when construction ended,” Gordon says, “and then we had to go back to Florida. So we never really got to live here. Then we came up in March of 2020 for a quick trip, and two days later the world shut down. We’ve been here the whole time and like it so much we’ve decided that we will be up from Miami much more than we originally anticipated.”

“Cape Cod is great,” Kress adds. “People are so friendly and welcoming and warm. It has been amazing. It’s also the reason the name of the house is ‘No Judgement’ and that we put a sign with those words over the garage. We love the live-and-let-live ethos that defines life here.” 

Larry Lindner is a contributing writer at Cape Cod Life Publications.

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