An Apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright Designed This Lavish Maplewood Home

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For sale: 15 Tower Drive #19, Maplewood. Photo via Zillow.

Located in Maplewood, this unique mid-century home was designed by John Rattenbury of Taliesin Architects, a subsidiary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The aesthetics of the Kessler Residence have obvious parallels to Wright’s own designs both in its Prairie-style architecture and its interior details.

Although slightly more lavish in size and material than a traditional Wright home, the way the architecture integrates itself with its natural surroundings is one of Wright’s main principles. The 1.8 acres of lush landscape house a heated pool complete with whirlpool and a waterfall, a treehouse, a pergola, and a built-in gas barbeque grill.


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Natural surroundings. Photo via Zillow.
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Mid-century design. Photo via Zillow.

Nicknamed Shizuka Na Uchi, meaning “The Calm or Peaceful Home,” the home achieves this through a connection to the outside. The home’s two-story reception area leads into the glass-enclosed living room with elaborately designed ceilings and custom built-in furniture. At 7,000 square feet, the home boasts seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms — each bedroom includes its own ensuite bathroom.

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Two-story reception. Photo via Zillow.
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The entrance. Photo via Zillow.
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Living room. Photo via Zillow.

Rattenbury worked on over 60 Wright projects in the nine years from when he became a member of the Taliesin Fellowship to when Wright died, making him a certified acolyte. This unique property is a great opportunity to own a piece of architectural history.


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Living room detail. Photo via Zillow.
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Built-in bar. Photo via Zillow.

The property, located at 15 Tower Drive #19, is asking $2,999,000.

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Swimming pool. Photo via Zillow.

Listing: 15 Tower Drive #19 [Zillow]

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