Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In 1982, Paul Rudolph was asked by Maurits and Claire Edersheim to renovate a house they owned in Larchmont, New York. Mr. Rudolph and the Edersheims had a very close relationship ever since Rudolph's design for the couple's Manhattan apartment in 1970.
In 1989, Paul was asked to completely rework the interior of the house, and then in 1991 he created an addition to the front of the residence.
The Paul Rudolph Foundation visited the home and took photographs a few years ago, and knew of Mrs. Edersheim's wish to sell the house. This past week, we were contacted by a real estate broker at Houlihan Lawrence Inc. telling us that the house was indeed being listed for sale.
As we always wish to see that Paul Rudolph designed homes are preserved and in the hands of those who recognize and appreciate the unique character of Rudolph's work, we offered to list the house for sale on the Foundation's website. To see the listing, you can find it here.
The sale of a residence designed by Mr. Rudolph is a rare find, and does not always result in its preservation. The Micheels residence in Westport, Connecticut was demolished in 2006 following a court battle to save the building led by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Paul Rudolph Foundation. Another house, the Cerrito Residence designed by Rudolph in 1955 was demolished in 2007 following attempts to find the home an owner interested in its preservation.