Chahroudi / Massaro residence on Petre Island

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It is entirely possible that the cottage masonry inspired either Massaro or Heinz. But they got it wrong: think how much less annoying the house would be if a few larger and random stones were applied to the walls, rather than the monotonous sprinkling that exists. Not proper desert masonry in either case -- but . . .

I wonder if the cottage was supervised by Taliesin.

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I just can't like this house. So much is wrong about it. I was happy to learn that Wright designed the television nook so that the sun wouldn't hit it directly at sunset. That Frank, what an amazing architect.
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Post by Matt »

I blame the masonry of the big house less...given that is clearly was based on some rather poor masonry on the original cottage. I wonder why that cottage masonry was so poorly done, with few stones and some projecting from the cement---with is a rather morose shade of gray.

The elevations indicate desert masonry around the chimney stack and kitchen volume, but some sort of masonry below the windows. That doesn't seem to have been done either.

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"Board wall" appears on the elevations, under the window band . . .

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You have a choice: An 1870 townhouse, gutted and stripped of whatever charm it may have had, in the most overpriced neighborhood in the country, for $14.7M, or the Chahroudi parody for an extra $130K on an 11 acre private island ... a 15 minute copter ride from the Upper East Side. It would cost a bundle to fix Chahroudi, but it would worth it, compared to the alternative.

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Between pop-up ads, I saw some views of the new house and the original cottage I hadn’t seen before. While it may be true that the cottage has some stones in its masonry that awkwardly stand proud of the concrete matrix, they are the exception, not the rule. Stone on the new house could have been split or cut thin to be able to sit flush in the concrete matrix to match the original while still maintaining the required thermal break. Another trait that makes the original masonry richer in texture is the presence of lines left by the board forms...the smooth stucco-esque texture of the new house masonry is too sanitized when compared to the original.

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Perhaps the most egregious examples of the stonework occur in the most prominent locations, around the fireplaces indoors and out. Here the stones are especially few and far apart---presented like material samples ?

Then there's the jarring presence of an entirely different sort of stone masonry, in a bedroom. And, how does the owner clean the raw stone (?) in the shower ?

Most puzzling of all is the fact that an architect who has devoted his career to the promotion of Wright's work should have permitted such defects in this post-Wright realization . . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massaro_House

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Re: Chahroudi / Massaro residence on Petre Island

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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