Secluded on a knoll of Norway Spruce, atop eight acres, Frank Lloyd Wright associate Aaron Resnick's Mid-Century Modern (MCM) design is a classic example of organic Usonian architecture. Wright used the term USONIA as an acronym for United States of North America to define a new American architecture for the twentieth century. Resnick was one of the principal architects and first residents of Wright's 100-acre Utopian community in Pleasantville, New York known throughout the architectural world as, Usonia.
The Calabi-Picker residence was designed and built in 1954. It enjoys 360-degree seasonal views of the Hudson River Valley. The home is nestled into its setting with minimal changes in elevation. The 2000 s.f. residence integrates its interior and exterior living areas with the use of open space, glass, stone and wood. The design creates a consonant harmony with nature.
The formal entrance is the side of a carport (another well-known MCM design element). A short flight of stairs up a stone-walled hallway quickly leads to the main living area with walls of glass; an open wall with minimal built-in, redwood shelving; vibrant red stone floors and a layered blue-stone fireplace. Lighting, both direct and indirect, is discretely hidden in the cedar ceiling. Glass doors in the living room lead to a red stone patio and gardens, the red stone carrying through from inside to outside. The kitchen retains its original birch cabinetry, decorative tile work and built-ins. It opens to a study and hallway that leads to the master bedroom and bath, two bedrooms, bath with laundry and den. The bathrooms still have their original tile work and birch cabinets. The last renovation designed by Resnick in 1986 for the late Henriette Simon Picker, a celebrated painter and fashion designer, was the conversion of an outside veranda into a studio. Ms. Picker painted there until her death at 99 in 2016. Ms. Picker added her art to many of the lintels.
An in-ground pool was installed into the landscape below the house on the northeast side in 1985. The house and pool are surrounded by rock outcroppings; mature hardwoods and evergreens; and, ornamental trees and shrubs. The extensive stone pool terrace affords views of the Catskill Mountains.
The residence is a short drive to Rhinebeck and Bard's Fisher Center. And, is minutes to Millbrook and Beacon. The property is located 70 minutes from Manhattan and convenient to the TSP and Poughkeepsie Amtrak/Metro North.
Offered at $965,000.
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