Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright are very familiar with the Prairie school of architecture, a style that integrated indoor and outdoor spaces, built broad horizontal rooflines, and incorporated a plethora of windows. And while Wright designed plenty of homes in this style, he also influenced a whole generation of architects who were inspired by his work. Take this seven-bedroom, 10-bath home in Maplewood, New Jersey, about an hour west of Manhattan.
In 1964, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kessler commissioned the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation, Taliesin Architects, and architect John Rattenbury to build the 7,000-square-foot home. It was one of over 60 Wright-inspired projects built by Rattenbury during his tenure, all designed with respect and integrity to Wright’s vision. The buff-colored Roman brick residence was built in 1968 with interior designs by Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright and John deKoven Hill.
A solid carved teak door welcomes guests to a two-story foyer. Upon entering, a 25-foot custom teakwood light pendant is the focal point, descending all the way down to the billiards room on the lower level. Features include terrazzo and teak parquet floors, Travertino marbles, and Wright-designed fixtures and lighting throughout.
The main living room offers 13-foot ceilings and a large fireplace, while the 18-person dining room opens onto a terrace with built-in barbecue and patio. The master suite has his and hers bathrooms with dressing room, sauna, and sunken tub, and the other bedrooms come with built-in beds and cabinetry. Other amenities include a pool with a hot tub and waterfall, a treehouse, and 1.8 acres of lush landscaping.
Although larger than some of the Prairie homes designed by Wright himself, the home is an authentic take on the style. Love what you see? 15 Tower Drive is on the market for $2,999,000.