There’s no shortage of stunning modern homes designed in Connecticut by prominent architects, from Philip Johnson to Marcel Breuer. Add Richard Meier to that list, an architect currently making a big mark here in New York with his first NYC skyscraper design. He was just 31 when he designed the Smith House in Darien, Connecticut, which hit the market last week for $14.5 million. The home–with stark white walls, a geometric design and expanses of glass–was built in 1967 right along the Long Island Sound waterfront.
The 3,930-square-foot house home was built for Frederick Smith and his sons, Chuck and Fred, who have put it on the market for the first time. Agent Jack Trifero, of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, tells Mansion Global that it’s “one of the iconic houses of the 20th century.” He adds that “it defined the era for modernism in the 1960s and into the ’70s.”
The interior takes full advantage of the waterfront views and incoming light. Upon opening the front door, you’re led toward the fireplace, with a backdrop of the Long Island Sound. The 1.5-acre property, lined with rock formations, includes its own private beach.
The lower level of the three-story home holds the renovated kitchen, waterfront dining room and en-suite bedroom. Massive windows line the second level, the site of the living room, deck and master suite. Finally, the third level has two bedrooms that share a bathroom, a family room and an office enveloped in glass walls. A built-in office couch, designed by Richard Meier, faces the water.
According to Mansion Global, the starchitect returned to the house in the 1980s to add an extension on its east-facing side. Other designs of his, of course, include the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain. But at least this one is just a train ride away from NYC!
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All images courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
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Neighborhoods : Darien