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The owner and founder of Urban Chateau, Dr. Terry Gross is a former scientist with a passion for art and European style. She is, and has been for most of her life, an avid scholar of classical architecture, European interiors and Decorative Arts and has studied both voraciously.
“I think living with pieces from an era that bespeaks a lifestyle can enlarge our sense of life. In the modern world, you can bring in one fine piece—even a relic, a ruin, a shard—and it becomes a vocabulary, a language. You can say all those things without words.”
~ Rebecca Otto, interview with Dr. Terry Gorss, March 2003

Her 30 years of experience culls from a personal passion for collecting, extensive travel throughout Europe where she visited many of the great houses, villas and museums of the world, and her lasting personal relationships with the finest dealers of antiques in France and elsewhere. Extensive remodeling and furnishing of two homes — published in Architectural Digest and Custom Home — provides her with an experienced understanding of the issues and concerns facing her clients and customers. As the buyer for Urban Chateau, she personally selects and studies each antique before acquiring a piece for the gallery or website. She is an expert in French and Italian 18th and 19th century antique furniture. Dr. Gross studied European Decorative Arts at the Sotheby’s Institute in London and is a PhD Physicist and former Research Scientist.

In the tradition of many fine European antique dealers, Mrs. Erickson joined her mother in founding Urban Chateau. Tasked with period and piece research, appraisal, marketing and Urban Chateau’s Internet presence, Mrs Erickson brings a wealth of energy and knowledge to the team. She is studied in the Classics, Greek mythology and the History of the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Mrs Erickson frequently accompanies Dr Gross on buying trips throughout Europe. Mrs Erickson who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, has spent considerable time traveling and studying history, literature and art throughout Europe. She also attended the Sotheby’s Institute in London to study European Decorative Arts.