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For sale: Ezra Stoller's MCM House - Rye, NY

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:38 pm    Post subject: For sale: Ezra Stoller's MCM House - Rye, NY Reply with quote

Legendary Midcentury Architecture Photographer Ezra Stoller's Home Asks $2.2M

Realtor's listing - 16 KIRBY LANE NORTH, RYE, NY 10580


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful MCM on a handsome lot. SDR, you're from that neck of the woods. Do you remember this house?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember it quite well; although I was inside the house maybe twice, it made an indelible impression---particularly on this "modern house nut." The bedroom hall with its cabinetry and row of windows, the stair down to the living room with its huge windows (looking out at undisturbed nature) and, most particularly, the "cave" at the rear of the space, beneath the dining room. The Stollers had a Nakashima dining table which they said came with worms or bugs . . .

The house has clearly been expanded to the northwest, enlarging the dining and kitchen and providing a second deck; the exterior stair wasn't there in the 'fifties.

Even rarer than a look at this house is the one next door (I assume it's still there): the residence of one Henry N Wright, Stoller's neighbor. I am unclear on his relationship if any to city planner Henry Wright.

His house had a horizontal band of corrugated material---probably asbestos, not the familiar fiberglass product---on the facade, and an interior planting bed associated with a stair or ramp---I was there only once. Wright owned a Cord phaeton . . .

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/06/obituaries/henry-n-wright-dies-at-76-ex-professor-of-architecture.html

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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last photo in the first link shows the shallow butterfly roof of the house; the flat-roofed element just beyond was Stoller's studio, eventually enlarged I believe.

The interior has been "whitened and brightened" in the usual manner. I seem to remember cork floors, and perhaps some darker wood finishes . . .

Thanks to the passage of time, and the inevitable forces that result in revamping and "updating," some of the subtleties of postwar modernism, like warmth, and a "poetry of materials," seem to have been lost in translation.

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