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Photos by Paul Rivera/Archworks and MLS
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
Originally measuring just 3,000 square feet of glass, steel and stone, Philip Johnson's Wiley House has left an oversize footprint on architecture, standing out even in the masterpiece-dense modernist haven of New Canaan, Connecticut. Its material contrasts and simple conceit—public space cantilevered over a stone base of bedrooms—elevated the living room above the surrounding hickories, and offered a sleek, straightforward model of contemporary living in the posh suburb. Now back on the market with William Pitt Sotheby's for $14 million, the property isn't merely showcasing Johnson's work; a 4,620-square-foot addition designed by Roger Ferris + Partners and commissioned by the current owner includes a barn turned modern art gallery.
Frank Gallipoli, president of an energy trading firm and art enthusiast, moved into the home in 1994 and found that, despite its pedigree, it needed work. He replaced the glass panels with double-paned windows, following the initial drawings. While any new owner can take advantage of Gallipoli's work, there's one aspect of living in the Wiley home that can't be replicated. Gallipoli got to know Johnson during the end of the architect's life, and even visited him at his famous glass house.
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