Eisenman House III for Robert Miller

04.08.15 | house III (or, “i got a slide scanner!”) +

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Eisenman House III for Robert Miller

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I’m so excited to be able to post these photos thanks to my brand new slide scanner my husband gave me for my birthday (over a month ago) that I finally got around to giving a test run. They aren’t great quality, but they still do the job of making my slides digitally shareable.

During my final two years of college, and continuing for a few years after I graduated, I had a habit of taking slides instead of photos – almost 1,000 images (including over 600 slides from my semester in Rome) that can only be viewed through a slide projector.

But I digress, since this post is not about Rome, or Italy, or college, but about a house, and about my excitement at finally being able to share them online.

In 1994, I visited Peter Eisenman’s House III in Lakeville, CT. The house was designed for Robert Miller, the father of a friend of my brother, who was also a friend of mine by default. His parents were deceased and he and his 4 brothers were trying to figure out what to do with the house, which had not been occupied for almost 15 years.

The house was one of a series of homes designed in the early 1970s by a well-known architect named Peter Eisenman, known as his “Ten Houses.”

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit it before it was torn down.

More information about the house can be found here, and here. Additional photos and drawings can be found here and here. And more information about Eisenman’s designs can be found here.

 

13 Replies to “04.08.15 | house III (or, “i got a slide scanner!”) +”

  1. I am quite taken in by this post of yours. First, congrats on the slide converter. I am so glad you gave it a test run with these photos. I had not heard of Eisenman before and had to go read the article about House lll. I can so see myself living in that house! While I do prefer walls rather than an open floor plan, the beams and pillars and angles in the rooms make it seem divided. I love the living room and can actually picture myself sitting on the couch on a nice sunny day, stitching while watching nature out the long windows. It is rather spectacular and I am sorry it is not able to be saved. I do hope that someday, someone will want to rebuild House lll somewhere. It definitely is a remarkable house and has earned it’s place in architectural history. Thank you for sharing.

    1. It was a very interesting house. That main space with the couches was really nice. The bedrooms were TINY, though. It’s a bummer it wasn’t saved, but by the time it was torn down it really would have had to have been torn down and re-built anyway since it wasn’t salvageable at that point.

  2. So sad that some masterpieces like that one disappears , it isn’t the first nor the last sadly.
    For that reason, these images are a real treasure now , thank you very much for posting them .
    Do you have additional images inside the different rooms ?

    BTW, You’ll thank your husband for us for that gift .

    1. I’m pretty sure these are the only photos I have. Most are from the outside and from the hallways inside. The upstairs rooms were TINY and not very interesting to photograph. I have one or two of the kitchen and a few of the living room. I can check at home and see what others I have. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll get back to you.

  3. Actually, I would be intrested if you could find some other one(s), even those of the kitchen or the living room.
    But if this is all , I’m already glad to have those you’ve posted on your blog.

    1. I just sent you all of the images I have using the email address linked to your wordpress comment. I sent them as a zipped file through Hightail. There was only one additional photo – 27 images in all. They are in a zip file so let me know if you have trouble unzipping them. For some reason the zip file had a lock icon on it and I’m not sure how to remove it or why it’s there.

  4. hi! I’m an architecture student and I have to study this house! It’s the greatest thing that I found this page!The exterior photos will really help me! Unfortunately I did not find it on the map (google maps/earth). I know it was torn down but not even on older versions of the map did I find it, maybe because I don’t have the exact adress, only the street name. Would you be able to help with that or at least show me on google maps where it used to be?
    Thank you!!!

    1. I was able to find the description of the property from the former owner’s will! The address was 230 Wells Hill Road in Lakeville, CT. I’m also including some links to some additional information I found that you might find useful.

      http://www.eisenmanarchitects.com/house-iii.html

      http://www.eisenmanarchitects.com/assets/03_house-iii_pdf.pdf

      https://issuu.com/sebastienbez/docs/brochureeisenman – this includes the original site sketch, although it’s hard to read the text on it. Also, it is written in French.

      http://articles.courant.com/2000-05-21/news/0005210211_1_architectural-press-suburban-house-modern-architecture

      I also found an aerial photo from 1990 that shows the house, but it’s super fuzzy an honestly impossible to see if you don’t know what you are looking for. http://ctecoapp1.uconn.edu/aerialviewer/viewer.htm

  5. juliebie, i visited the house like 20 years ago at this point and your pics bring me right back
    do you know if the house is still standing? at random, while in lakeville, i was able to visit the house with a friend
    one of the coolest experiences for me, architectural decay, random visit, no permission, famous landmark (in my eyes) losing its fight to mother nature.

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