Schmidt's Astor patronage also produced this fine colonial revival country house for Ava Alice Muriel Astor, Vincent's eccentric sister, who married Sergei Platonovich Obolensky, a Russian aristocrat, in 1924. The block-with-dependencies design was inspired by two influential 18th century American houses: William Buckland's Mathias Hammond house (1773-4) in Annapolis, and Montpelier (1751) in Prince George County, Maryland. Schmidt was undoubtedly drawn to these sources by the wave of scholarly interest in American colonial architecture which occurred during the twenties. The plan shows that he was not adverse to distorting the symmetrical arrangement of rooms within a block to accommodate a stair, powder room or pantry. Schmidt placed convenience and functional accommodation above formal purity in this as in all of his buildings. The building is now in institutional use.