Just outside of New York City in New Canaan, Connecticut is the incredible home of the late John Black Lee, a renowned mid-century architect. He designed this glass and concrete pyramid for himself into the hill overlooking the Silvermine River in 1990, and lived there until his death this April. A striking open floorplan surrounded by the glassy pyramid walls embraces the surrounding wilderness; Lee had said that “this house is the only one in New Canaan that you enter through a skylight.” It’s now on the market for $750,000 after a recent price chop of $249,000.
Although the home is visually striking, it doesn’t overwhelm its natural surroundings. A glass frame makes up the main entrance, which Lee had envisioned as the massive skylight for the rest of the home. The interior was designed to easily open onto a cantilevered terrace to enjoy the river below.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is 1,980 square feet and situated on over two-and-a-half acres. The interior is anchored by a massive triangular brick fireplace that sits inside the sunken living room.
Interior concrete columns also dominate the lower floor, holding the structure up.
The genius skylight design ensures that light streams through to every corner of the stunning home.
Because the cantilever hugs a large portion of the home, most of the rooms offer a seamless transition between the interior and exterior.
Lee has actually designed several iconic glass houses in New Canaan that include the Lee House 1 (built in 1952), Lee House 2 (1956), and the System, or DeSilver, House (1961). But this is an incredible opportunity to reside in the home he designed specifically for himself. Be sure to check out the gallery for more interior shots, as well as some older photos of the home along the river.
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Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : New Canaan