Late MoMA Curator’s Unique Architectural Stunner in Pound Ridge Relists
Contrary to the adventures of novels, most museum curators do not sleep in the halls of their workplaces à la The Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler. In fact, the late William Rubin, a longtime MoMA curator known for transforming the museum, had a home that reflected his exquisite taste and discerning work. The Pound Ridge property is at once an annex of the iconic museum’s sensibilities and a singular piece of contemporary architecture. Rubin and his wife, fellow curator Phyllis Hattis, lived in the masterpiece for two decades. According to Bloomberg, Hattis listed the home in 2018 asking $6.5 million, but now it has been relisted for $4.85 million.
Set on three acres along Mallard Lake, the 4-bedroom and 6.5-bathroom residence spans 9,000 square feet. Architect Vuko Tashkovich selected the site himself, using the stunning lakefront as a canvas for the unique home that stands there today. A seamless symphony of arcs and bends and sharp angles, the clean white exterior blends with the snow when it falls and stands in bright contrast to the verdant greens of summer. A 100-foot stone terrace frames the 300 feet of water frontage, pretty enough to paint a picture.
The interiors are no less artful, with a separate two-story wing consisting of a library, bedroom, bath, and private office particularly reminiscent of the museum Rubin served from 1968 to 1988. The white walls throughout are certainly ripe to display a cherished collection. Then, off the first-floor master suite lies a 50-foot indoor pool.
David Turner of Houlihan Lawrence holds the listing, which seems destined for a buyer with an eye for architecture.