Tirranna is the antidote to stress. I know this because I arrived at the property in the middle of a crazy day, and when I stepped out of my car, I was instantly calmed. The soothing sound of the waterfall, the quiet hush of the trees, and the marvel of the horseshoe-shaped structure wrapping around me was wonderful. Isn’t this what we all want in a home?
Inside, the welcoming feeling continues. The space is warm, bright, open and inviting. The views of the surrounding land- and waterscapes are spectacular, even in January. Imagine how fabulous they are when the trees and flowers are in bloom. Walking from room to room, there are surprises around every corner. Small cabinet doors that open to reveal windows, fireplaces covered in gold leaf and changes in ceiling heights – very Wright – to add drama and anticipation. There’s even a secret stairway in the master bedroom that leads to an observatory on the roof.
Hidden throughout the 15 acres are sculptures collected by the late Vada Stanley, who lived here with her husband, Ted, for more than 20 years. Many are positioned along a path, but others are secreted away, like totems to mark her favorite places. As for the total number, only Mrs. Stanley knows. The new owners will be finding them for years to come.
The scale of this home is surprising for Wright, and of all his properties that I’ve seen, this one feels the most timeless and relevant to how we currently live. This truly special home deserves an owner that will cherish it as much as the Stanleys did. According to the couple’s son, all proceeds from the home sale will be donated to charity.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Joyce and John Rayward in 1955.
After Wright’s death in 1959, William Wesley Peters and Taliesin Associated Architects expanded the house with a bedroom wing, central garden, covered walkway, greenhouse and caretaker’s quarters.
Land- and water-scapes designed by Frank Okamura and Charles Middeleer.
At nearly 7000 square feet, the house has seven bedrooms and eight baths.
The 15-acre property also includes a pool, tennis court and barn.
Located in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Listed for $8 million by Doug Milne at Houlihan Lawrence.