As Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the late Paul Rudolph was responsible for the design of the Yale Art and Architecture building, a Brutalist structure that's gone from renowned to reviled since it opened in 1963. So much so that after a fire broke out in the building in 1969, Yale decided to make a whole bunch of changes under the guise of "repair." While the Bulldogs might not have had the stomach for Rudolph's creations, the late i-banking pioneer Maurits Edersheim and his wife Claire certainly did. They commissioned Rudolph to design this country estate in 1958, and were so happy with it they went back to him for three successive additions. The Edersheims ended up with 6,500 square feet of space, including seven bedrooms, nine baths, an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, and an indoor lap pool. The current asking price of $2.48M undercuts similarly sized traditionals in the neighborhood, but not the other project the Edersheims brought Rudolph in on: their full-floor Fifth Ave pad in NYC.
Occupying the entire fifth floor in the tony pre-war 927 Fifth Avenue, Claire Edersheim's current abode shares the building with the current or former New York homes of hedge funder Marc Rowan, CNN newscaster Paula Zahn, and the late New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein. To give an idea of just how ritzy this park-side high-rise is: Wasserstein's 11th floor apartment is currently listed for $26M. For all the cash sloshing around in 927, no one, save the Edersheims, has had the cojones to mess with the prewar detail. Here it is: