|Wesley Mancini and Bob Scheer
Plenty of folks around Charlotte know Wes Mancini. He’s one
of the world’s leading textile designers and the man behind
The Wesley Mancini Foundation, which provides grants for projects
that promote the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
individuals in the Charlotte community.
Mancini purchased his 4,488-square-foot Mediterranean-style Myers
Park mansion in 1990.
“It was really very plain when I first bought it,” Mancini
I had the whole place gutted.”
With the help of architect Michael Gallis, Mancini gave the house
a massive makeover, but stayed true to the time period of the home
(originally built in 1925) with his new designs and by maintaining
some key features, like the structure’s original floors and
its radiator heating system.
“We have central air,” he explains, “but I wanted
to keep the radiators. So I had them sand-blasted.”
Mancini also removed the simple single front door and replaced it
with dramatic Mahogany double doors. “I wanted a grand entranceway,” he
says with a laugh.
Just beyond the foyer is a sweeping staircase highlighted by a crystal
chandelier. To the right side of the foyer is a billiard room complete
with knotty wood paneling, a reading room and a sunroom.
The opposite side of the foyer opens into a dining room, kitchen
and a family room that has direct access to the estate’s gardens,
greenhouse and pool.
Mancini and his partner Bob Scheer enjoy spending much of their time
in this area, entertaining guests, tending to an exotic collection
of plants gleaned from their many world travels and playing with
their private zoo of pets that includes dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea
pigs (among others).
Upstairs you’ll find Mancini and Scheer’s master suite,
which boasts a sitting room (complete with a surround sound system
hidden in the walls and ceiling), as well as two guestrooms and a
jacuzzi. The master bedroom, bath, shower and jacuzzi all afford
fabulous garden views.
The house is currently on the market, but Mancini isn’t quite
sure he’s ready to sell just yet.
In a February interview with Q-Notes, he talked about his historic
home (originally built by real estate developer John Cutter) and
the equally historic building that houses his business in downtown
“It’s a lot to maintain,” he said at the time. “I
think something’s going to have to go.”
A half a year later Mancini’s still holding on to both properties.
He gets a gleam in his eye when he talks about the house that he’s
vested so much of his personal creativity into. “I have a lot
of things in the works,” he explains. “So we’ll
see what happens.”