Frank Lloyd Wright Fanatics Take Note



Frank Lloyd Wright fanatics now have the chance to own this exclusive $18.5 million island property on Lake Mahopac.

To be marooned on Petra Island is a dream come true for mid-century-modern diehards. The 11-acre retreat on Putnam County’s Lake Mahopac, 50 miles from New York City, boasts two Frank Lloyd Wright–designed dwellings: a 1,200-square-foot cottage, erected in 1950, and a 5,000-square-foot residence, adapted from Wright’s never-realized original plans and built in 2008 by the current owner, who is selling the entire island for $18.5 million.

The recently constructed residence has sparked controversy because of its radiant heating, insulation, air conditioning, protruding masonry, and domed skylights, all of which are inconsistent with Wright’s style, thereby raising red flags with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. But the draw of living on one’s own private heart-shaped isle—accessible by helicopter or boat—might be reason enough for some potential buyers to look the other way. 

A version of this article appeared in the June/May 2015 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Deeds and Don'ts: Good Neighbors?

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Property of Note: 76 Windmill Lane

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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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