Designed by Bob Maurice and built by Tynes Sparks, the Houston residence in River Oaks glows after a restoration by a Los Angeles designer that honors its French château origins. Crowned with a copper roof and clad with limestone hand cut in France, the distinguished mansion opens its bronze doors to formal rooms fashioned with heart-cut walnut and marble floors and five elegant fireplaces. Cherished settings are the majestic living and dining rooms, library, and gallery. Clad with limestone floors and Calacatta gold marble counters, the kitchen boasts a French-inspired breakfast room. Epitomizing the Old World romance with its silk walls, cove ceiling, and oak floors, the firelit master retreat, highlight of the four bedrooms, opens to a balcony enjoying over an acre of prized gardens.