Beverly and Lou Weiner embody a contagious joie de vivre at their stately home.
Fantastically situated on the saddle point between Monte Sano and Round Top Hill, the Weiner property boasts expansive views of Jones Valley and The Space Center to the west, and Monte Sano and Dug Hill Valley to the east. Notwithstanding the vistas, the home itself is a holiday sight to behold. Bright lights outline the perimeter of this grand beauty, while smaller, twinkling lights dance through the generous garlands encircling the wide banister leading up the brick sidewalk to the warmly lit front door. Festive wreaths and bows abound. Walking up the beckoning path toward the home’s impressive entrance, you feel anticipation.
Once inside, the soothingly familiar tunes of Christmas carols waft through the air as the Weiners graciously guide guests through the ten thousand square foot, lovingly built manor house. Along the way, a multitude of Christmas and Hanukkah trees, painstakingly created by Leslie Chittam and Mark Ardin of Hartlex Antiques and Interiors, welcome diverse visitors. Gliding past the grand piano along the cool marble floors, the lovely decorations, warmth and joy imbue the air.
The multitude of objects d’art is staggering to behold. Museum worthy antiquities and treasures abound,
remarkable collections are artfully displayed, with family photos and mementos warming the inviting space. The couple joyfully tell stories of travel adventures and lucky acquisitions of their many rare finds.
A dashing portrait of Dr. Weiner by the incredibly talented Jerry Whitworth kindly watches over the expertly wood paneled library from above the imposing fireplace. The king’s chair in which he sits in the painting is a huge – yet truly comfortable – marvel that is a focal point of the room. The delightful, hand-carved turtle and leather footstool that accompanies it is an unusually perfect twist. An amply stocked bar holds court adjacent to a soothing fish tank, creating a peaceful place for an evening cocktail. And, in case you want to wander, the room boasts display cabinets containing ancient artifacts one might find in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. The coffered ceiling, Tiffany lights and Art Deco sculptures complete the exclusive old world gentleman’s quarter vibe.
From the tri-colored marble floors inspired by a visit to a 14th century Italian castle, to the classic fountains and water features of the Mediterranean themed patio and pool, no detail has been missed. Dr. Weiner bought the house in 1992 and personally designed and built a formal addition in 2004-2006. His vision of a grandly scaled great hall, library and formal outdoor space offers countless entertaining possibilities. The rooms open onto the veranda and pool area, with luminescent lighting projected
into the water features. It is nothing less than magnificent. Dr. Weiner truly has a gift for seeing and understanding the importance of light.
Thus far, the Weiners have graciously hosted fundraising receptions for the UAH Music and Theatre Departments, The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Ted-Ex, and various religious organizations. Their belief in and commitment to our great city is evident in all they do. Not only have they generously offered their home, but they also give their valuable time to many important community causes.
Beverly is a retired teacher and librarian for Limestone County and has volunteered for the Huntsville Botanical Garden Guild, the Huntsville Museum of Art Guild, Children’s Advocacy Center and is a member of the Woman’s Philanthropy Society. Dr. Weiner is a co-founder of Delta Research, Inc. where he served as president until