Hexagonal rooms and interior shingles are just part of the charm—and challenge—in this rare home originally designed by architects George Nelson and Gordon Chadwick.
Completed in 1962 for Rudolph and Ethel Johnson, this impressive Modernist home was one of only a handful of residences designed by George Nelson and architect Gordon Chadwick, a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1989, the Johnsons’ son, Richard, learned that his childhood home was up for sale to owners who wouldn’t keep the original design, so he built a near-perfect replica (minus the breezeway) on an adjacent lot, using Chadwick’s drawings and specs. He later sold the home to architectural designer Lauren Rotett in 2012.
“I was house hunting in the Hamptons when I came across the listing,” she recalls. “Once I saw the house, I fell in love with it. The way it’s sited makes you feel like you’re in a tree house and the views are multilayered. I’m super claustrophobic, but in this house every single room looks into another, and past into open vistas.”
Today, the nearly 3,000-square-foot Montauk residence has been immaculately restored, with some additional modern touches, of course. Its wood-clad walls, stone exterior, and oversized windows lay the foundation for striking interiors. There are hexagonal rooms with wooden ceilings, original flagstone flooring, and a master bath with patinated mirrors—a detail Rottet loves.
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