Inside of Phyllis Taylor’s Tropical Colonial Residence

The breakfast room displays a life-like study for Shalala’s portrait by Susan Kapilow.

Ten years later, Phyllis and Shalala would work together again—this time on a new president’s house to be erected on bequeathed Four Fillies Farm, one of the city’s largest undeveloped tracts of land. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, dean of the university’s School of Architecture and cofounder of Duany Plater-Zyberk architecture firm, was selected to design what would eventually be named Ibis House in honor of the school’s tropical bird mascot. Today, the contemporary residence emerges as a triumphant showcase of the dream team’s talents, as well as a glamorous setting for university events.

Considering the success of these past endeavors, it was not surprising that Shalala chose Phyllis to work on her most personal project thus far—her private residence. When she segued into a teaching role at the university, Shalala purchased a dramatic 3,200-square-foot penthouse. And with her slightly more relaxed schedule, it seemed the perfect time to create a special nest for herself.

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