McAlpine Tankersley Architecture Brings Southern Charm To Villanova

The Montgomery, Ala. design team combined modern and comfortable vibes under one roof for the ultimate in sophistication.

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Architect: Scott Torode, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture, 501 Cloverdale Road, Suite 201, Montgomery, Ala.; (334) 262-8315,
Builder: Mark Semerjian, Semerjian Builders, 308 Dorset Road, Devon; (610) 656-9334,
Designer: Susan Ferrier, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Suite D1, Atlanta, Ga.; (404) 501-9200,

Pecky cypress wood adds texture and depth to the salon’s gray-taupe color scheme. (Photo by John Lewis) Grace Jahnle had been doing her homework. So when a desirable piece of land came on the market in Villanova, she was prepared to articulate everything she had in mind for her custom dream home.

Those plans led her all the way to McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Ala. Named one of the top 100 firms in the country by Architectural Digest, McAlpine Tankersley has found its way onto the pages of House Beautiful, Southern Living, Veranda and many other shelter magazines.

By the time Jahnle and her husband returned from Alabama, they’d hired architect Scott Torode and interior designer Susan Ferrier. But when it came time to hire a builder, the Jahnles wisely stayed close to home, choosing Wayne’s Mark Semerjian. “Mark was excited about the project,” says Jahnle. “He had an interest and enthusiasm about what we were trying to achieve.”

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