Built in the '30s, this Pennsylvania house inspires a new design - 1,200 miles away!
These clients love their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house they say was designed by a protege or at least an aficionado of the architect.
The sweeping staircase is reminiscent of the Guggenheim Museum, and the horizontal elevation is a take on Falling Water. Regardless of the inspiration, touring the house was a study in detail and open design.
Large deep fascia boards were part of the linear design and large overhangs define the horizontal lines of the house built on a mountain. All the stone used in this house was quarried on site.
Glass block was very popular for privacy while allowing light.
Wood walls and dropped ceiling to hide window treatment mechanisms is a great detail.
Built-ins with mirror inserts add depth to a display case.
Notice the closed doors blend into the walls for a modern look.
Corner windows pour light into the rooms.
This detail was probably created for a divider screen separating the dining and living rooms, which was a popular trend in the formal '30s.
Furniture was built using the same materials as the interior.
Spectacular view of the Pennsylvania hill country through the picture window in the living room.
The radiators were always hidden by boxed elements, used here as a window seat. Warm in the winter for sure!
The welcoming library seating - perfect for reading on a rainy day. Notice the lighted cove ceiling which is used throughout the house.
Classic tiled bathrooms were very small compared to today's standards. The classic sink and fixtures are perfectly maintained.
Pantries, unlike today's pantries, were actually smaller prep-kitchens just off the dining room. Note the beautiful stainless steel countertop.
A few original technological fixtures including a combination fan/light in the kitchen, the original 1930s intercom, the radiator in the basement, a hidden radiator built-in, and aluminum radiator grills to control the heat.
This typical bathroom space was perfectly functional, although not spacious.
Master Suite - note the overly large rooms that were common for the period. The master suite has a "his and hers" bathroom with separate sinks. Often, master suite closets were designed as wardrobe closets with individual doors. The pictured corridor leads to the private den off the master suite.
The basement fireplace seems to get a lot of use.
The man-cave garage outbuilding with model classic cars.
The Martini Bar's octagonal window opens to serve drinks poolside.
This closet is for the penguins!