Aaron L. Resnick is best known for his role as a founding architect of Usonia, the Frank Lloyd Wright-planned residential neighborhood located an hour north of Manhattan. Starting in the late 1940s, Resnick, together with fellow architect and engineer David Henken, built out the community's initial infrastructure and designed several of its first homes, including one for his own family. By the mid 1950s, though, Resnick was expanding Wright's Usonian principles throughout New York, including the notable Calabi-Picker house.
Built in 1954 for Paul Calabi, the 1,800-square-foot residence sits atop eight wooded acres, nestled within a clearing of 50-foot Norway spruce trees. Such earthy surroundings complement the home's natural materials and simple, nature-loving design—all key elements of Usonian-style homes. Featuring original birch cabinetry and slate flooring, along with stacked bluestone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the three-bedroom house feels perfectly unified with the surrounding landscape.
In 1983, Resnick designed an addition to the house, enclosing an outdoor terrace to serve as a work studio for then-owner Tobias Picker, an American opera and ballet composer. Picker's mother, the local painter Henriette Simon Picker, lived in the home until her death in 2016 at the age of 99. Simon Picker built a career as an accomplished shoe designer in New York City, at one point having her designs illustrated by a young Andy Warhol for fashion magazines.
The home's current owner, Michael Moloff, a hospitality and restaurant executive, appreciates how the site and design blend together. "The home is the perfect antidote to a stress-filled, busy world," he said. "I have experienced many engaging moments of wildlife from the comfort of the living room. The organic materials provide a sense of security, warmth, and calm." Now ready to share the experience with new owners, Moloff recently listed the property for $999,000.
Editor's note: This article previously misstated the location of the home as in the Catskill Mountains, whereas the property is located in nearby Dutchess County and offers views of the Catskills.
205 Emans in Lagrangeville, New York, is currently listed for $999,000 by Michael James Tellerday and Jill L. Rose of Houlihan Lawrence.
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