[Editors note: The day after AN went to print with the news of the House VI sale we received the following message from the potential purchaser of the house: “Regrettably, due to a family medical situation, I will not be purchasing House VI. My disappointment knows no bounds.” We will continue to follow the sale of House VI. —William Menking]
Peter Eisenman’s 1975 House VI, which was commissioned and lived in by Suzanne and Dick Frank, has been sold to an architect who promises “to preserve and restore the house to its original condition with very minor adjustments.” The house’s new owner, Thomas Schmitt—who worked for I.M. Pei and lives in Richard Meier’s One Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn—was looking for an iconic architectural work that might also serve as a studio and living space for his daughter, the artist Christina Schmitt. He found the listing for House VI in the real estate section of an online service, and because his daughter’s work is heavily influenced by the integration of math, music, and painting, he thinks it will be perfect for the family.
The Cornwall, Connecticut house has been lovingly maintained and cared for by the Franks, who said they appreciate it for being “half revolutionary and half calmly classic.” Mrs. Frank said she and her husband “will sorely miss its upstart and calming effects as well as the ethereal lighting the forms welcome.”
But they are thrilled that the home’s new owner is an artist who will preserve the structure. The Franks, to their credit, waited to find the right buyer who would care for this important building. Schmitt praised them for being so forthcoming on the history of the design and construction of the house.