On mornings when the fog hangs low over the lake, the island home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed looks like a sleek yacht at harbor, its prow pointed to the horizon. Outside, it presents simple, streamlined planes. But inside, wrote Edgar Kaufmann Jr., the son of the man who commissioned Fallingwater, â€œit becomes a magic maze of caves and unexpected corners, of rising and falling levels and light, veiled or in sudden shafts of brilliance.â€
Though Wright designed the home in 1950 â€” when he was in his eighties â€” it took 50-odd years after his death for it to get built. And it might never have been built if Joe and Barbara Massaro hadnâ€™t discovered a perk that came with the 11-acre island on Lake Mahopac in New York that they bought in 1995: Frank Lloyd Wright had created preliminary drawings for a house to be built on the island for one of its previous owners.
Approaching Chicago architect and renowned Wright scholar Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, the Massaros asked: Could he help them bring Wrightâ€™s vision to life? And could he build the home on the exact location â€” a rocky edge of the island â€” that inspired Wright? Other Wright designs have been built after his death, but the Massaros wanted to build this one on the site for which it was intended.