Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed CT Estate Comes With Its Own Waterfall
Right now, for the nominal sum of $8,000,000, that’s right, eight million, you can own something timeless that will only appreciate as it becomes more and more rare. In fact, the listing is such a rarity, that national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal are reporting on it as if it were big news. And the big news is that a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece is on the market.
Tirranna, designed by Wright and built in the mid-1950s, is currently located directly on top of the waterfall on the Noroton River in New Canaan, Connecticut. It is surrounded by fifteen acres of lushly designed gardens and select plantings. The gardens were designed by Charles Middeleer and Frank Oakamura, and both the home and grounds have been maintained to a near original level of detail.
Running Waters by any Other Name…
Tirranna (who doesn’t secretly aspire to own a home worthy of such a name!), is an aboriginal word meaning running waters. Wright had a habit of naming his creations with words from other languages, but his names (even if their original meaning is lost on many) have an oddly appropriate feel to the home he designed for them, or the property they are situated on. Tirranna currently shares its name with a cargo ship operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, out of Malta.
Seven Bedrooms and Nine Baths
The house is designed in a classic hemicycle, and is considerably larger than many of Wright’s better-known works. The home includes seven bedrooms and nine full bathrooms, an attached garage and carport, and a full basement. The kitchen comes equipped with a full suite of stainless steel appliances, and the interiors of all rooms feature classic Wright details, including impeccable wood work in a modern style, gold leaf chimneys, and glass walls looking out over the wonderfully maintained grounds.
In addition to the home and its features, the property includes an in-ground pool and tennis court, a guest studio, a large barn, a caretaker’s suite, and sculpture paths that lead you through the woods and down to the river. The home even boasts a rooftop observatory and an interior courtyard.
A Piece of Americana
But beyond all the features and amenities of the house and grounds, and setting aside the excellent quality of the local economy and area schools, what you’re really purchasing when you buy a historic home such as this, designed by a world-renowned giant of architecture, maintained impeccably, is a piece of American cultural history, a slice of our joint heritage as a country and as a society.
So, even if you have the 20% down payment of 1.6 million tucked away and the monthly mortgage of just over $40,000 isn’t a problem, consider what you’ll be taking on and the responsibility of owning a home such as Tirranna.