Including Wright’s Falling Water, Guggenheim Museum, Imperial Hotel and Farnsworth House, plus Corbusier’s Villa Savoye as well as the United Nations and the Sydney Opera House (Click on the pics for better views).
West Hill was developed in the late 1940s by GE engineers who had initiative and vision to spare, plus more than a bit of frustration about other housing options. They formed a corporation that purchased some 270 acres, which to this day remains a nature preserve that surrounds the community of about 85 homes. The residencies are in a variety of styles, but it’s a treasure trove for mid-century lovers. While some of the homes were designed by the owners themselves, there are also works by architects John M. Johansen (one of the famed Harvard Five), Victor Civkin (pioneer of the split level) and Schenectady’s own Eric Fisher.
“When we first walked in, our agent actually apologized.”
The house in question had a flagstone entryway, globe lights, natural wood paneling, and vintage tile baths, among other period details. Typical agents will only see to-do projects and call it “dated.” They might even pass it by and not let their clients see it. But this buyer saw great style, made an offer and now calls the place home.
If a home with such details still in tact is what you’re shopping for or that you need to sell, decide from the start to work with the only agent in the Capital Region who specializes in mid-century modern.
Joseph Dalton • (518) 573-1093