Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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When a good house in a good location has been around for a long stretch, chances are it will have faced a number of interventions to keep up with modern tastes and lifestyles. Such was the case with this example built in 1962 on Gib- son Island, a thousand-acre promontory between the Chesapeake Bay and the Magothy River, linked by causeway to mainland Maryland. Originally con- ceived as an upscale sailing community, the island was developed in consultation with Frederick Law Olmstead, and much of its acreage was set aside as green space. Its inhabitants are a mix of full-timers and weekenders, and the houses reflect those differing needs and ambitions. This house was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born architect who studied at Harvard under Walter Gropi- us and went on to a notable career as a modernist. His own house in Rye, N.Y., was in the first issue of Architectural Record's Record Houses and, coinci- dentally, strongly resembles the Double Diamond House by Abraham Geller we're also featuring in this issue of RD. The original client was a salesperson for Bethlehem Steel, according to an article in The Washington Post, and the house is purported to have been the first built from the company's weathering steel. Certainly, its prominence in the design is striking, along with the stone and glass that accompany it. Although the site is one of the highest points on the island, water views are lim- ited. Instead, the main draw is the woods and the cloak of privacy they provide— it's the perfect refuge from city life. Oppsite and this page: Steel, stone, glass, and wood set this midcentury modern house by Ulrich Franzen apart from other houses in the Maryland sailing community. 71 VOL. 5, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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