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Windsong, an estate situated on Lake Worth in Palm Beach, Fla., epitomizes glamour. The Georgian Revival-style home was designed by John Volk, a well-known Palm Beach architect, in 1939. During the years, the estate underwent changes from its various owners; in May 2003, it was purchased by Wilbur and Hilary Ross, who wished to restore the home to its original aesthetics.

The Rosses asked architect Thomas M. Kirchhoff of Jupiter, Fla., to restore the home to Volk's original vision. Kirchhoff used original blueprints and photos to perform the restorations, which resulted in the Rosses receiving the 2005 Ballinger Award from The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach; the annual award commemorates a restoration or renovation that best exemplifies the traditions of Palm Beach's original houses and the architects who designed them.

In 2009, the Rosses decided to build a guest house on the property adjacent to Windsong. The guest house, aptly named Windsong Too, was intended to accommodate guests and serve as a space for entertaining. The Rosses again hired Kirchhoff to design the guest house; Worth Builders of Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Fla., was hired as the project's general contractor.

Windsong Too was constructed in Georgian style to match Windsong; the symmetrical building comprises identical bedroom suites flanking an oval-shaped ballroom with a domed ceiling and skylight.