High Drama: Home Profile
by Ginny Cooper
Herscoe Hajjar Architects was founded in 2003 as a partnership between Rob Herscoe and Michael Hajjar, although their affiliation began 10 years earlier, when Michael joined Erickson Herscoe Architects in Canton, Connecticut. With most of that firm’s work centered on high-end residences in the Florida market, the two moved to Naples and subsequently branched off to form their own firm.
They originally designed the “Grand Santa Barbara” model, among others, for Sunwest Homes in 2016. Built in the Talis Park neighborhood of Corsica, the Grand Santa Barbara was a 3,950-square-foot coastal/contemporary design. The popular model caught the eye of a homeowner who asked the firm to expand on their design for his estate homesite in the Prato neighborhood.
Adding 2,000 square feet to the original floor plan, the team incorporated barrel tile roofs, dark wood corbels, myriad arches, and other architectural features to effectively and dramatically change the style to “Tuscan Mediterranean.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the complex, soaring ceilings of this luxurious design, fashioned after the Old World estates and cathedrals of Greece and Italy.
The client-focused pair of professionals are hands-on architects, providing a full range of services from concept to completion. Both family men, Herscoe and Hajjar are active members of the Naples business community.