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Wanna buy a Neutra?


For sale by auction in New York on May 13. According to Christie’s Realty International, “the house remains singular as the most important example of mid-century modernist architecture in the Americas to remain in private hands.

Square footage: 3,200 Lot size: 2.1 acres Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 5.5
Estimate: $15,000,000-25,000,000 (!)

Designed by Richard Neutra, the house of glass, steel and stone in Palm Springs, California, was built for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann in 1946. Kaufmann also commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Fallingwater, the architect’s signature house in Pennsylvania.

Known simply as “the Kaufmann house,” Neutra’s minimalist creation is set against the rugged Southern California mountains, is touted as a leading example of the modernist style. Singer Barry Manilow once owned it. Marketing materials from auction house Christie’s Realty International compare it to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in terms of architectural significance.

More on the story.

Wanna buy a Lou Kahn?


The Esherick house. 1961. Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. For Sale at Wright, May 18, 2008 in Chicago. Estimated at $2–3 million. That’s all? How much was that Jasper Johns you just bought?

By the way, the Esherick house is right across the street from Robert Venturi’s house for his mother, completed just three years later.


Wanna buy a Corbusier?

The penthouse in this:

The Villa Stein, outside of Paris. Completed in 1927.
€1,080,000 for the penthouse.

Let me know how you like it.

Wanna buy a Mies?


This German auction house is selling 123 vintage photographs of the work of Mies van der Rohe and Lily Reich.

Wanna buy a Gropius?


About $12 million. In Provincetown, Massachusetts. Atop a high promontory at the tip of Cape Cod

Rarely seen by the public, it’ll go on the block next month.

West meets East at the entrance of teak. Japanese temple-like.

The original owners, the Murchisons sit by the pool in 1959.

Photos and story via Boston Globe.

Wanna buy a Breuer?

You won’t see this in a trailer park.

The space, “weaves throughout the 1947 model 30 Spartan trailer and into the house, giving a sense of layered complexity.”


Maybe the Whitney Museum, also by Marcel Breuer, and trying so hard to add on,

should just put a nice Spartan trailer next door. Could make a nice American diner to go with all that American art.



Wanna buy a Frank Lloyd Wright?

The Heurtley House in Oak Park, Illinois.

What some consider the the first fully mature Prairie-style house, and perhaps the finest restored Prairie-style house in existence, is now for sale.

It’s on one of the greatest streets in America, and perhaps the most American great street in this land – Forest Avenue, in Oak Park.

Just to stand on the sidewalk and look at it, when the sun from the west hits those red bricks atop that green lawn, is to drool, to lose control and to want it. The house seems to sail across the lawn, and across the prairie, attracted to the western sunset like early Americans attracted to California. A manifest of Manifest Destiny.

Each red roman brick, shaped long and narrow, signifies a person, stacked up together artistically, they form an idea and embark on a voyage. And they do so together, as a house, and “house” is the basis of society.

It’s a far more positive experience this house, than say, “Moby Dick.” Is that due to its Midwest nature?

Yours for $5,750,000. Wonder why they’re selling…. ?
Think of the memories in a room like this…

I too grew up in a beautiful house. Though not like this. Someday I’ll tell you about it. Go ahead. Have at this one. I probably can’t swing it on my public radio salary!