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Massaro House / Frank Lloyd Wright


heart-shaped private island 80km north of New York City is back on the market, this time for $12.9M. Called Petra Island (also called Petre Island), the property boasts two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but the 10-acre listing has been mired in controversy.

In 1949, the engineer Ahmed Chahroudi purchased the island and commissioned Wright to design a residence. Wright originally designed a sprawling 465 square metre structure for the island, but when the owner realised he couldn’t afford the project, Wright was forced to build a smaller 110 square metre cottage instead.

Many years later, Petra’s new owner, John Massaro, decided to bring Wright’s original plans to life based on a handful of drawings, floor plans, and other documents that came with the property. He enlisted an architect and Wright scholar to complete the massive home around 2007, but the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has refused to recognise it as an authentic Wright design — via Curbed

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