All images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty/Zillow
Late architect Jules Gregory left a wonderful duo in our area and for that we’ll be forever grateful. One of these is “the Butterfly House,” which, according to Zillow, was sold earlier this year after being re-listed in the summer of 2014. But fear not, mid-century modern admirers. The second, praised as one of his grand masterpieces, is still on the market: his NJ home.
Formerly listed for $999,000 in 2013, the Gregory Residence disappeared from the market sometime afterward, only to emerge on Zillow earlier this week for $729,000. It’s not the home’s first price cut, which makes us wonder…is it possible no one has yet given into one of the best houses in America, as the Architectural Record deemed it back in 1961? Impossible, we say. Go see it this weekend if you have time; an open house is being held the 16th at 1 p.m. Read more »
This house is an absolute classic. Built in 1958 on almost three acres, it has all the best loved mid-century modern hallmarks: walls of windows, indoor stonework, fireplaces to warm up all those sleek surfaces. As with the best renovations of MCM homes, the changes here have been largely practical (such as the installation of new windows, new roof, and appliances), while care has been taken to breathe new life into period details (the hand built cabinets in the living and dining rooms were restored). The outdoor spaces are ample and well-appointed: look at that cedar soaking tub! The same area has a fire pit and radiant heat.
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I feel for Joe Ujj, the person who’s having a mid-century modern furniture/art/lighting/accessories sale this weekend in New Hope. I don’t know him, but he posted the info online, and wrote, along with his description of the items, “Not everything is pictured yet, this got kind of overwhelming.” Oh, man.
Well, we’re about to make it more so by suggesting readers go. Here’s what’s up. It’s a two-day sale with, Ujj writes, “mostly 60’s, 70’s and 80’s modernist pieces. Some real designer stuff, some ‘style of’ and some just fun decorative pieces. I love to buy stuff, but I have to sell stuff so I can buy more stuff.”
He notes that “artisan Yvette Prazsak from Princeton, NJ will also be selling her incredible, handmade jewelry, glass pieces, artwork, etc.”
WHAT: Vintage MCM sale
WHEN: Saturday Sep 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday Sep 28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: 6220 Lower York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938
WHY: Look at these photos
Lots of people who move to Society Hill do so for the neighborhood’s colonial architecture. But the neighborhood has plenty of innovative mid-century modern homes as well, such as this brick house designed by noted architect Louis Sauer.
The three-bedroom house features a landscaped brick patio, a fancy kitchen with a double oven and granite countertops, a floor-to-ceiling picture window across the length of the dining area, Brazilian walnut floors throughout, a custom deck, and much more. It even comes with deeded garage parking across the street. And its location at Second and Delancey is great: lots of character, easy access to the waterfront and Headhouse Square, and proximity to Old City too.
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The Pitcairn House, designed by legendary modernist architect Richard Neutra, has just been listed with Sotheby’s Real Estate at $6 million. Built between 1959 and 1962, the house has many classic Neutra hallmarks, including (and most importantly) its location: at the top of a ravine in the woods on more than 10 conserved acres within the protected Pennypack Preserve. With floor-to-ceiling windows and living spaces built around a courtyard, residents are immersed in the natural world, just as Neutra intended, surrounded by wildlife and with views of Pennypack Creek and groves of beech and maple trees. It’s a front-row seat to seasonal change.
As for the particulars of Neutra’s other architectural decisions, let’s turn to the listing itself, which is — as always with Sotheby’s and in contrast to virtually every other brokerage — informative and well-written:
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Photo via Passyunk Post
The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.
For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.
Architect Jules Gregory is probably best known in this area at the moment for the Lambertville house on the market that he designed for himself and that features a double conoid roof and interior work by George Nakashima. It’s truly a masterpiece of mid-century modern design. But it’s not the only Gregory house for sale in this area.
In fact, Gregory’s Butterfly House in Delaware Township, NJ, is also on the market. Built in 1955, it has, according to the listing, hardly been touched since then — and it looks it. It’s kind of in rough shape, but a new septic system is being installed. For someone inclined toward preservation and renovation of an important architect’s work, it’s remarkably priced: $299,000.
See the gallery below:
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Quiz question for you real estate young’uns: When is a bomb shelter in a house for sale almost as unsurprising as a granite countertop? When that house was built in the 1950s, during the era of the Civil Defense Department propaganda and the Cold War (the Russians weren’t writing New York Times op-eds back then).
But time passes, and spaces get modernized to accord with contemporary mores and concerns. Which is why the bomb shelter was transformed, the listing says, into a “panic room.” Hmm. That is definitely more surprising than a granite countertop.
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Jules Gregory was a prominent mid-century modern architect, and like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and George Nakashima, he has a significant legacy in the New York/NJ/Pennsylvania area. This home on Goat Hill Road in the riverside town of Lambertville, NJ (across the bridge from New Hope) was designed by Gregory for himself. As Henry Kuryla wrote last month in Aspire Metro:
Architects throughout the course of their careers design many masterworks for others, but often their pièce de résistance is the home they create for themselves. Such is the case for the previous home of the noted Mid-Century Modern architect Jules Gregory in Lambertville, NJ.
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