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Location: Westerly, Rhode Island
Here’s a multifaceted gem from Postmodern master Charles Moore, he of Sea Ranch (Sonoma, California), Piazza d'Italia (New Orleans), and Hood Museum (Dartmouth College, RIP) fame. Built in 1969 as the Klotz House, the nearly-5,000-square-foot home is located in Westerly, a beachfront community in southwest Rhode Island, and features the architect’s signature use of varied rooflines and geometric volumes.
Clad in pale timber, the unique residence boasts rich wood-paneled interiors, an asymmetric floor plan, dramatic vaulted ceilings complemented by an array of windows and open passages, multiple levels, and surprising nooks throughout. The main floor is laid with brick-like tiles, while carpet lines the rest of the house.
Though it looks fairly traditional at first glance, there’s a subtle off-kilterness to the place that gets under your skin—in a good way. Take the kitchen and dining room area, for example. Set a step or two below the front entrance, it occupies a tower-like space with a dizzying system of passages, staircases, beams, windows, and wall openings that draws your eye up toward the multi-height space.
Located on 4.24 acres at 10 No Bottom Ridge Road (how apropros), with river and ocean views, the one-of-a-kind home is asking $1,775,000. If you look closely, you’ll even find a remnant of a supergraphic. (pointed out by the ever-observant design duo Wary Meyers).