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Architecture, Cool Listings, Starchitecture, Upstate

1981 Broadway, Upstate, Norman Jaffe, cool listings

Photo credit: Alon Koppel courtesy of Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s International Realty.

Known for the “romantic modernist” residential architecture of so many iconic angular beach houses in the Hamptons, Norman Jaffe was a prolific architect who designed more than 600 projects during his 35-year career. Jaffe, who died in 1993, used passive solar design and lots of glass and wood in his striking waterfront homes. Built in 1993, the 12,980-square-foot residence at 1981 Broadway, asking $5.9 million, diverges a bit from his usual style. Set high on a bluff over the Hudson River surrounded by 20 acres of waterfront land in Ulster County, New York, the home’s design refers to classic Greek architecture along with Jaffe’s usual attention to natural light and shadow.

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Cool Listings, Upstate

17 Twin Ridges Road, cool listings, frank lloyd wright, taliesin architects, modern house

Photos by Pedro Sousa of Jump Visual, courtesy of Compass

It’s pretty easy to guess that this mid-century modern-style home in Ossining, N.Y. was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. But the lakeside home at 17 Twin Ridges Road has a connection to the famed architect that goes beyond homage: It was designed by Wright’s firm, Taliesin Associated Architects, based on the blueprints of Life Magazine’s 1997 American Dream Home.

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Architecture, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

11 orchard brook drive, cool listings, frank lloyd wright, usonia, usonian house, westchester, pleasantville, sol friedman house, architecture, mid-century modern, modern houses, modern homes, modernism

All around the Sol Friedman House at 11 Orchard Brook Drive in Pleasantville, New York, country roads wind through forests and meadows and the homes–three designed by Frank Lloyd Wright himself, the rest approved by Wright and built by noted architects of his choosing–that make up Westchester’s 1947 Usonian community of 50 houses blend perfectly into the landscape. None can be seen from the nearby highway that makes the Usonia Historic District a mere 50 minute commute to Manhattan. Documented by architectural photographers and featured in numerous publications, the Friedman house is indeed an extraordinary masterpiece, one of the three designed by the master architect–and it can now be yours for $1.5 million (h/t Curbed). The home’s overlapping circular masonry design brings structure and nature together in one of Wright’s celebrated signature styles–one which would be seen before long in the design of Manhattan’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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