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Modernist home built on ruins of Gilded Age estate asks $2.4M

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Located in Tuxedo Park, New York

Photos by Robert Socha

Nothing shows off distinct architecture quite like a juxtaposition between two styles, something this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has in spades. Located in Tuxedo Park, New York, about an hour north of Manhattan, the glass home was designed in 1970 by artist Edgar Bertolucci in a style reminiscent of Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe.

But where it differs from similar listings is the 6.8-acre surroundings. The more modern house was built adjacent to the stone foundations of one of the area’s first Gilded Age mansions. The property features stone terraces and intricately built fountains, ponds, and walking paths, all designed by Ferruccio Vitale, landscape architect for 19th-century tycoons. The original house burned down in 1931 as an alleged act of arson.

Tuxedo Park was the first gated community in the U.S., founded in the 1880s by wealthy tobacco heir Pierre Lorillard IV as a hunting and fishing haven for blue blood society. Both J.P. Morgan and William Waldorf Astor had homes there, and the village gave its name to a new kind of dinner jacket, the tuxedo.

With views of the historic stones out most windows, the 2,505-square-foot modern home also features west-facing views of Tuxedo Lake. Inside, 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, large metal beams, and an open floor take advantage of the exterior spaces. In one of the most stunning rooms, a conservatory boasts granite floors, a wood-burning fireplace, and access directly onto the historic gardens.

Ready to make this blend of history and modernism your own? 14 Butternut Road is on the market now for $2,375,000.