Making Waves: Masterful Jules Gregory House For Sale
Architecture & Interiors
The former New Jersey home of the architect Jules Gregory is on the market, and—little wonder—it’s making waves. The distinctive Mid Century masterwork, which Gregory designed and built for himself in 1960, may easily be mistaken for other low-profile, glass clad residences of that era, but for its jaw-dropping roof: an undulating wonder known, technically, as a double conoid. Once named amongst the 10 Best Houses in America by Architectural Record, the house—and an adjacent, more conventionally modernist structure, which the architect used as his studio—resides on a property comprised of 10 bucolic wooded acres, and is being offered up for the inexplicably modest price of $695,000.
Situated on 10 private acres, this Jules Gregory gem, sometimes called ‘Wave House,’ encompasses approximately 1,600 square feet—which, though hardly palatial by today’s residential standards, owes its visual lightness to the era’s characteristic open-plan layout and generous expanses of glass. A particularly inspired touch resides in the house’s interior walls, which aren’t full height or load bearing, but, rather, remain united with the roof via sheets of transparent glass. The effect provides the illusion of the roof and ceiling floating above the house, rather than being fully attached to it.
Located about 70 miles southwest of New York City, the Jules Gregory house contains four bedrooms, 2 baths, a sunken living room, and fireplace in its 1,600+ square feet. Site-quarried stone adds both textural richness and visual interest inside the house, while the fir-clad ceiling and undulating roofline, plainly visible from every angle, lends the interior volumes plenty of dramatic flair. A particular boon to future owners of the house is that the many built-in elements and lighting fixtures were designed by the great furniture maker, George Nakashima, who happened to be a friend of Jules Gregory, and—thanks to Nakashima living and working in New Hope, PA—something of a neighbor.
The Lambertville, NJ house, designed by Jules Gregory in 1960, has some stellar 21st Century eco credentials, owing to its emphasis on natural and locally sourced materials—including American white fir and pine, liberally used throughout the house, and fieldstone quarried from the property, prominently featured on internal walls and the fireplace.
Via Sotheby’s Realty