Wright on the Market
James B. Christie House

CONTACT:Roger Christman
Weichert Realtors
908.672.0861 (cell), 973.292.6400 (office)

HOUSE HISTORY: The Christie House, designed in 1940 by Wright, is a unique original “Usonian” house sited on seven very private wooded acres, constructed of cypress, brick and glass on a 2’ x 4’ modular grid concrete mat with radiant heat. The house has a brand new roof, furnace, and hot water heater.

The 2,700-square-foot house is composed of a L-shaped plan that includes a raised glass-walled living room with clerestory windows and fireplace that separates the dining area, workspace, office and powder room. Built-in seating, tables and chairs designed by Wright are included in the living /dining area. The deep carport and glazed loggia provides entry and transition between the living areas and the private sleeping wing, which includes a gallery passage to two bedrooms each with bathrooms and terminates with a custom crafted master suite.

Research indicates that a design for a future master bedroom suite was initially conceived by Wright, but was never realized by the original owners. In 2003 the award-winning studio of Tarantino Architect (specializing in preservation of FLLW’s work) was commissioned to execute this master bedroom suite as intended for the house. The sunken suite includes a heightened clerestory lounge with built-in seating, and massive brick fireplace separating the sleeping area and master bath featuring a long vanity and double lavatories, Jacuzzi tub with rain shower, adjacent wardrobe/dressing area and private terrace.

Additionally, a workshop and wood shed connected by a trellis to the carport is part of the original design of the house. Other buildings on property include a garage and 700-square-foot artiststudio with fireplace.

MoMA possesses as part of its permanent collection two colored renderings of the house signed by Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives also has an extensive collection of blueprints, letters, plans, drawings and photographs documenting a rare insight into the process ofworking directly with Wright.

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