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Five Homes by the Late, Great Modernist Charles Gwathmey

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A master of austere modernism, the late starchitect Charles Gwathmey passed away in 2009, leaving behind an enviable roster of high-profile residential projects. Homes by the North Carolina native rarely appear on the market, but, due to a twist of fate, at least five of Gwathmey's designs are currently on the open market. The most impressive, both in scale and price, is this sprawling Hamptons estate in Sagaponack, N.Y., listed for $21M. Set on 2.5 acres within easy walking distance of the beach, the 8,000-square-foot mansion might not have the most welcoming facade facing the driveway—a solemn row of garage doors—but the glass-walled, double-height great room and handsome wood-framed windows improve the experience inside. Completed in 2005, the estate features a hedge-lined tennis court and swimming pool, plus a pool house with a signature Gwathmey curved roof.


? Home to the current owner's eclectic art collection, this white box in Greenwich, Conn. might look out of place against the rolling hillside on which it is placed, but the broad expanses of glass bring the bucolic surroundings indoors. Currently owned by a management consultant who is selling after nearly two decades in the house, the four-bedroom, four-bath structure may need some updates, but that shouldn't come as a surprise given that it was built in the late 1970s. Currently listed for $3.25M, the house sits on Greenwich's coveted Round Hill Road.

? With a similar gridded window as the Greenwich spread, it is no wonder that this Gwathmey creation in Ohio also comes from the same period. Built in 1980, the "award winning" two-story home sits on 6.5 acres on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Integrating both beloved modernist staples—like the cylindrical chimney—and some now-dated tropes—see the curved glass walls in the entry, the 7,000-square-foot manse is now asking $2M.

? When Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg decided he wanted to build a ski house from scratch in the Sundance destination of Park City, Utah, he also decided it couldn't be just any ski house. Katzenberg, who now serves as the CEO of Dreamworks Animation, enlisted both Gwathmey and local Utah architect Rick Otto to produce this 14,000-square-foot personal palace. Built by a company that specializes in luxury hotel construction and with interiors by Ralph Lauren's favored designer, Naomi Leff, it is no wonder that Katzenberg is now asking a whopping $20.5M for the trophy estate.


? A glassy three-tiered glass tower facing Manhattan's Astor Place, 445 Lafayette Street was one of the last major projects completed by Gwathmey before his death. Today, the building is home to luxe units that fetch top dollar and enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. This three-bed, four-bath unit sits on the 15th floor and has an unconventional floorplan defined by the building's curved glass walls. The 3,100-square-foot space is listed for nearly $7M, but the costs don't end there. The co-op's maintenance charges total a frightening $11,165 per month.

· 733 Daniels Lane [Zillow]
· 627 Round Hill Road [Zillow]
· A Modernist Charles Gwathmey Design Outside Cincinnati [Curbed National]
· Movie Producer Jeff Katzenberg Lists Ski Chalet for $20.5M [Curbed National]
· 445 Lafayette Street [Streeteasy]