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Glass-walled contemporary on Block Island asks $1.6M

Built in 1975, the home won an AIA award for Best Vacation House

A contemporary house with two elongated towers on either side of a white and glass boxy living room that’s open to views. Courtesy of Lila Delman Real Estate

We love to ogle interesting real estate in our House of the Day column, but it can be hard to find truly unique properties. And while we love a steady stream of midcentury moderns, Victorians, and the like, it’s also fun to find homes that make you stop and look again.

That’s the case with this three-bedroom, two-bath contemporary in Rhode Island. The 1,412-square-foot house is located on Block Island, a vacation retreat 14 miles east of Montauk Point, and it was designed in 1975 by architect Christopher H.L. Owen. It received an American Institute of Architects First Honor Award for Best Vacation House, in no small part thanks to the property’s sweeping island views.

But the design is also intriguing—curving, elongated towers sit on either side of walls of windows that make the center of the home look like a glassy jewelry box. The living room features double-height ceilings and an open layout with views out to a patio for lounging or dining. The bedrooms are long and narrow with windows to let in light, and the home sits on 3.2 acres of mature trees and a grassy lawn.

Ready to go all-in on your own island retreat? 924 Off Coast Guard Road is on the market now for $1,650,000.

An aerial view of the home shows mature trees, a grassy lawn, and the ocean with boats on it in the distance.
Block Island views include grassy lawns, mature trees, and boats in the harbor.
Inside the home’s living room, there are wooden floors, walls of windows, and a couch, rug, and two wooden chairs.
The living room features double-height ceilings and large windows with views to the 3.2-acre property.
A kitchen has white cabinets, beige countertops, and an open view onto the living room.
The open floor plan places the kitchen adjacent to the living room.
A bed sits in a narrow room with a gray blanket and white comforters. There is a large boxy window on the left.
A narrow bedroom has windows that look onto the glassy living room down below.
A stone patio off of the home’s living room features four beige lounge chairs and an outdoor dining set.
The patio has space for lounge chairs and a dining room table.