The ’60s were the heyday of live late-night. In episode five of the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s latest season, well-dressed extras freeze mid-boogie, a countdown commences, and cameras roll on cue with the band as the party is set in motion. "Welcome to Miami’s hippest party, ‘Miami After Dark,’" says host Brye Adler, pipe in fist. "A gathering of the best, brightest, coolest cats and kittens in town. Grab a drink."
For the segment, the show set up shop inside the real-life Kessler House, a 1.8-acre estate that’s not in balmy Miami, but in bucolic Maplewood, New Jersey. The home was designed by John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects (TAA)—the firm created by Wright’s apprentices after his passing—and it’s currently for sale for $2.5 million.
Daniel Kessler, an executive at Unishops, Inc. in Jersey City and an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, reached out to TAA’s chief architect in 1964 with hopes of building a custom family home akin to Fallingwater: "I have always dreamt of the day that I might be in a position where I could live in a home that was created in the true Frank Lloyd Wright tradition," he writes in a letter.
With partygoers in snappy tuxedos and smart cocktail dresses primmed up for rolling cameras, Mrs. Maisel’s party scene underscores the elegance of the 1968 home.
The performances in Mrs. Maisel spin and pulse against the mesmerizing midcentury setting of the Kessler House. Inside, the camera swoops to reveal elegant parquet teak and terrazzo floors, vaulted ceilings, soaring interiors, and gold-hued Roman brick walls à la Wright. As the camera rolls, Lenny Bruce leans into orange and green pillows in a half-circle conversation pit, flanked by two bombshell blondes. Behind him lies a sunken, crackling fireplace fixed with huge slabs of opulent Italian marble.
Spanning 7,000 square feet, the seven-bed, eight-bath Prairie style home features three levels spanned by a 25-foot teak pendant light. The private master suite holds dual bathrooms with marble counters and showers, a sunken terrazzo tub, and a sauna. The lower level houses a recreation room with a wine cellar, wet bar, a second kitchen, and an exercise room. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto a wraparound terrace, beyond which lies an angular heated swimming pool and patio. For more photos and info, visit the real estate listing.