Rick Distel of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Represents Buyer in Sale of Iconic “Marsters House,” Designed by Renowned Architect Edward Larrabee Barnes
Posted by Rick Distel — July 25, 2016
LITCHFIELD, CT - William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that Rick Distel of the firm’s Washington Depot, Conn., brokerage, represented the buyer in the sale of a mid-century modern home designed by highly acclaimed American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. The Litchfield, Conn., residence marks the fourth major mid-century modern sale in the town of Litchfield in three years, with Distel involved in three of these sales.
The recently sold property, located at 526 Maple Street, was originally built by Barnes in 1953 to exemplify the “platform house,” a design conceived by the architect that stays true to modernism, featuring clean lines and a detailed grid of rectangular indoor and outdoor spaces. Barnes, who attended Harvard Graduate School of Design and studied under Marcel Breuer, a master of modern architecture, was commissioned to build the home for fellow classmate Ted Marsters. The unique design concept of this home, now referred to as the “Marsters House,” closely follows trends of the modern era, establishing functional indoor-outdoor relationships by integrating nature and design. The home’s large foundation was thus constructed to support a platform that serves as a terrace without walls, creating a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor space.
Other recent mid-century modern sales handled by Distel in Litchfield include “Stillman II,” designed by Marcel Breuer, and Harvard Five architect John Johansen’s “Huvelle House.” Both of these renowned architects, along with Barnes, were part of the popular modernist movement in architecture in Litchfield. “Stillmann II” sold for $2,950,000 in 2013, setting a new, five-year record for the town at that time, while Distel’s 2014 sale of the “Huvelle House” sold immediately for the full asking price of $1,595,000.
“Each of these recently sold mid-century modern homes went to the first buyer that viewed them,” said Distel, who is recognized as a specialist in mid-century modern properties. “There is a clear demand for this style of residence, and it is important for buyers and sellers to work with an agent who truly understands these special properties.”
Distel's passion for selling mid-century modern residences stems from his love for the architecture of Palm Springs, Calif., where he is also a licensed agent with HOM Sotheby's International Realty. Distel has been involved in the sale of a number of these properties in Palm Springs.
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