Though Frank Lloyd Wright designed many private residences throughout the United States, there is just one in New York City: the Crimson Beech on Staten Island, part of the architect’s line of prefabricated homes produced by Marshall Erdman & Associates. (The Guggenheim, while spectacular, is blessedly a public space and thus not eligible for this particular piece.)
But widen the geographic circle a bit to within an hour or so from the five boroughs, and you’ll find a bevy of Wright-designed homes, from a 15-acre cottage in the Connecticut suburbs to a utopian planned community in Westchester County. Each of these homes is undoubtedly Wright-ian, and share similar design principles—integration with nature, for one, along with the architect’s particular decorative proclivities (so many fireplaces!). But they’re also wildly different, too.
They’re also all still in use as private residences, with some even looking for buyers. (If you have a couple million dollars to spare, that is.)Read More