The Stuart Richardson House

An hommage to the true Usonian - where architecture meets artistry.

// The House

The Stuart Richardson House, which was lovingly named 'Scherzo' by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, stands in memory of its original owners, Stuart Richardson (an actuary) and his wife Elisabeth.

The building was built in 1951 in Glen Ridge, Essex County, New Jersey, and wa one of Wright's "Usonian" architectural designs.

The exterior was impeccably flawless, constructed with red brick, old growth tidewater cypress wood and glass, with a red concrete floor.

This house is a reminder of the couple's commitment to creating a functional house for people of average means.

The building was put on the market for $1.2M USD.

// Location.

Situated in a picturesque setting just 35 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, the Stuart Richardson House is a magnificent mid-century masterpiece by the renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed it in his signature Usonian style.

Located in the idyllic town of Glen Ridge, just a few minutes away from the vibrant Montclair with its acclaimed bars and restaurants, cultural attractions and top-tier schools, this home is a true sanctuary for anyone looking for a place to live in the heart of the big apple.

// Design.

This Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is an extremely rare example of hexagonal geometry, with all angles being either 60 or respectively 120 degrees.

Its centerpiece is an impressive triangular living and dining space featuring a wood-burning fireplace, an inverted truss pyramidal ceiling, and illuminated windows with perforated motives that pay homage to Wright's nickname for the home ("Scherzo").

Its many additional design elements are extraordinary; Starting with a cantilevered entryway into a screened-in porch to a window wall opening onto a side garden, a cozy bookshelf-lined study, skylights, a master bedroom with a fireplace, and built-in desks, dressers, tables, and cabinets.

Truly, the Stuart Richardson House is a "weirdly wonderful" masterpiece.

Truly, the Stuart Richardson House is a "weirdly wonderful" masterpiece.

/// Rambling Thoughts

Usonian Design – Architecture for the American Spirit

Usonian design. The name alone evokes a sense of creative beauty. It’s a style of architecture that speaks to the American spirit, to the idea of the everyman.

But what is Usonian design exactly? At its core, it’s about creating affordable, efficient, and attractive homes for the average American. Breaking away from the ornate and excessive styles of the past, and embracing a more modern and minimalist aesthetic.

And it all leads back to Frank Lloyd Wright. The master architect, who is considered the father of Usonian design. He understood that architecture should reflect the culture and values of the people it serves, and he set out to create a style that would do just that.

The world’s fascination with Frank Lloyd Wright, who is widely recognized as America’s greatest architect, is at an all-time high. This is evident in the 2017 retrospective at MoMA, which recently co-acquired Wright’s archives, and the recent sale of one of his Usonian houses making national headlines

Wright’s Usonian homes are characterized by their hexagon lines and the implicit use of natural materials. featuring large windows, open floor plans, and a strong connection to the outdoors. They’re designed to be functional and easy to maintain, with an emphasis on simplicity, beauty and harmony.

Wright believed that a home should not just be a place to live, but a work of art that enriches the lives of the people that call it their home.

And that’s what makes Usonian design so special – it’s about building a better way of life. It’s about creating spaces that are not only functional and efficient, but also inspiring and motivational.

I remember visiting a Usonian home for the first time. It was like stepping into a different world. The clean lines, the natural light, the sense of connection to nature. It was like nothing I had ever experience. It really has the power to transform the way we live. It has the power to make us feel more alive, more connected, more human.

But unfortunately, not many people know about it. Usonian design is often overlooked in favor of more flashy and ornate styles. And that’s a shame, because it’s a style that has so much to offer.

So let’s spread the word. Let’s raise awareness of Usonian design, and its importance. Let’s remind people of the beauty and power of simplicity and the works of Wright.

Usonian design. The name alone evokes a sense of creative beautfy. It’s a style of architecture that speaks to the American spirit, to the idea of the everyman.

But what is Usonian design exactly? At its core, it’s about creating affordable, efficient, and attractive homes for the average American. Breaking away from the ornate and excessive styles of the past, and embracing a more modern and minimalist aesthetic.

And it all leads back to Frank Lloyd Wright. The master architect, who is considered the father of Usonian design. He understood that architecture should reflect the culture and values of the people it serves, and he set out to create a style that would do just that.

The world’s fascination with Frank Lloyd Wright, who is widely recognized as America’s greatest architect, is at an all-time high. This is evident in the 2017 retrospective at MoMA, which recently co-acquired Wright’s archives, and the recent sale of one of his Usonian houses making national headlines

Wright’s Usonian homes are characterized by their hexagon lines and the implicit use of natural materials. featuring large windows, open floor plans, and a strong connection to the outdoors. They’re designed to be functional and easy to maintain, with an emphasis on simplicity, beauty and harmony.

Wright believed that a home should not just be a place to live, but a work of art that enriches the lives of the people that call it their home.

And that’s what makes Usonian design so special – it’s about building a better way of life. It’s about creating spaces that are not only functional and efficient, but also inspiring and motivational.

I remember visiting a Usonian home for the first time. It was like stepping into a different world. The clean lines, the natural light, the sense of connection to nature. It was like nothing I had ever experience. It really has the power to transform the way we live. It has the power to make us feel more alive, more connected, more human.

But unfortunately, not many people know about it. Usonian design is often overlooked in favor of more flashy and ornate styles. And that’s a shame, because it’s a style that has so much to offer.

So let’s spread the word. Let’s raise awareness of Usonian design, and its importance. Let’s remind people of the beauty and power of simplicity and the works of Wright.

Fire – the one thing that can destroy true artistic architectural design

Fire. It’s the one thing that can destroy true artistic architectural design. And it is a living nightmare for any architect. The mere thought of seeing years of hard work, dedication, and passion go up in flames is enough to send shivers down my artistic spine.

The loss of a piece of art, a piece of history, a piece of our collective cultural heritage is unbearable. It’s also about the loss of human ingenuity and creativity. And that’s what makes it so damn heart-wrenching to see homes go up into flames and settle innto ash.

I remember the first time I saw a building that I had designed go up in flames. I was standing there, watching in horror as the flames consumed every inch of the structure. The heat was so intense that I could feel it on my skin, even from a distance. But what was worse than the physical pain was the emotional pain. It was like watching a part of myself go up in smoke.

And then there’s the aftermath. The ash and rubble that’s left behind. The smell of smoke that lingers for weeks. The hollow feeling in your chest as you survey the damage. It’s a cruel reminder of what once was, and what will never be again.

But the worst part is, it’s preventable. So many fires are caused by human error, neglect, or stupidity. It’s a sickening thought that something so beautiful and precious can be destroyed so easily and senselessly.

And it’s not just the architects and designers who suffer. It’s the community that loses a piece of its identity. It’s the people who lose their homes, their businesses, their memories. It’s the future generations who will never get to experience the beauty and wonder of these structures.

It’s a tragedy, plain and simple. But it’s a tragedy that we can prevent. By being vigilant, by taking precautions, by valuing and protecting our architectural heritage.

So let this be a wake-up call. Let it serve as a reminder of the fragility and importance of true artistic architectural design. Let it be a reminder to never take it for granted. Because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever…

And that’s a thought too painful to bear..even rehabbing a house in Phoenix AZ, could be alot.

I hope that people will start to realize how much we lose with the destruction of these buildings. It’s not just bricks and mortar, it’s a part of our culture, our history, and our identity. And when it’s gone, it can never be replaced.

So let’s do everything in our power to protect it, to preserve it, to cherish it. Because in the end, that’s what true artistic architectural design is all about. It’s about creating something that will stand the test of time, something that will inspire and move people for generations to come.

Let’s not let fire be the thing that destroys it..

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